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  • How do I know if I have kidney disease?
    Your primary care doctor will determine if you have kidney disease based on blood and urine tests. A high serum creatinine (blood test) and/or high blood urine nitrogen (BUN) may indicate you have kidney disease.
  • What is Creatinine?
    Creatinine is made by the muscle and excreted by the kidneys. Men have more muscle mass than women and therefore will have a higher creatinine level. Usually, a low (in the normal range) serum creatinine indicates good kidney function and a high creatinine is a sign of poor kidney function, there are exceptions to the rule but your doctor will explain. Blood urea nitrogen (BUN) is a measure of protein metabolism and varies based on fluid intake, medications and protein intake. A urinalysis with protein, blood, or glucose may indication you have a kidney problem and/or systemic disease.
  • Why is kidney disease silent?
    Usually, a person’s kidneys only “hurt” if there is a kidney infection, kidney stone or if the patient has polycystic kidney disease.
  • What is GFR?
    GFR is an abbreviation for “Glomerular filtration rate” and it is an estimate of kidney function based on the patients creatinine, age, gender and race.
  • What can I do to prevent kidney disease?
    Diabetes and hypertension (high blood pressure) are the number 1 & 2 causes of kidney disease in the United States. While certain genetic factors do play a role in the development of diabetes and hypertension, people can decrease their risk by maintaining a healthy body weight, exercising and following a low sodium diet.
  • What over the counter medications should I avoid if I have kidney disease?
    • NSAIDS (non steroid anti-inflammatory drugs): ibuprofen, motrin, naproxen, Aleve, Cox-2 inhibitors, Celebrex, Mobic, BC powder, Goody powder and others • Fleet’s enema • Fleet’s oral phosphate cathartics • Pyridium or “Azo” • Antihistamines with decongestants • Maalox • Milk of magnesium • Pepto bismol
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