Am I at risk?
There are estimated to be 7.2 million people in the UK currently living with chronic kidney disease (CKD) – where in general, kidney damage is potentially long-lasting and possibly progressive, rather than severe.
Often there are few, if any symptoms and many people are not aware they have the condition.
Kidney disease (a term used by doctors to include any abnormality of the kidneys) can affect anyone at any age. However, certain factors may mean that you are at greater risk of developing the illness:
*It is more common if your blood pressure or diabetes hasn’t been well controlled.
When to see your GP
Don’t hesitate to see your GP if you think you are at high risk.
Kidney disease can make people more prone to having high blood pressure and potential problems with circulation. Similarly, high blood pressure and circulatory problems can also contribute to progressive kidney damage, therefore creating a potential ‘vicious cycle’ of illness. So it’s always a good idea to have regular health checks.
If a kidney issue is detected, doctors can offer lifestyle advice and treatment to protect the kidneys from future damage and to reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack.
Make an appointment to see your GP if you think you are at risk of kidney disease, have been advised to do so following your interactive kidney health check, have any concerns about your kidneys or have any of the symptoms associated with possible kidney problems (including blood in your urine). You can find lots of helpful tips and advice about planning your visit, including what questions to ask, in our visiting your doctor section.