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Why is early detection important for kidney disease?

Early detection is important for kidney disease because much of kidney disease treatment is about preserving kidney function, and you aren't likely to take steps to prevent kidney damage unless you know that your kidney isn't functioning properly. A diet low in protein, potassium, and sodium is usually recommended to decrease kidney damage, and so is controlling high blood pressure and diabetes. Kidney disease can be detected early with routine blood, urine, and blood pressure screenings. Especially if you are at risk for kidney disease, you should talk to your doctor.

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