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Who should be screened for chronic kidney disease?

The kidneys filter toxins out of the body's blood, but many people don't know they also help regulate blood pressure in the body. High blood pressure and diabetes can alter or deteriorate the function of the kidneys, causing chronic kidney disease. Most cases of chronic kidney disease are not diagnosed, so people with high blood pressure and diabetes should ask their doctor about a screening for kidney damage.

Once a simple blood test or a urine test screens an individual who has these risk factors, he or she should seek management of the chronic kidney disease to try and decrease the advancement to total renal failure.

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