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Keep Your Kidneys Healthy: Catch Kidney Disease Early

Your kidneys are small, but they help keep you healthy. If kidney problems arise, you might not realize it until permanent damage occurs. Learn how to take care of your kidneys and catch problems early.

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Anemia in Kidney Disease and Dialysis
(National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)
Anemia is common in people with kidney disease. Explanation of what anemia is, laboratory tests, diagnosis, treatment and more.

High Blood Pressure
(National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)
Information on high blood pressure (hypertension), including causes, risk factors, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, prevention and more. Also in Spanish.

High Blood Pressure and Children: What Parents Need to Know
(National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)
This brochure explains high blood pressure in children to parents and provides steps to keep their child healthy. The number of children with high blood pressure is growing. The sooner high blood pressure is found in children, the sooner it can be treated.

Amyloidosis and Kidney Disease
(National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)
describes primary amyloidosis, a disease that can lead to kidney failure, as well as dialysis-related amyloidosis, a disease that usually develops after 5 or more years of kidney failure treated with dialysis.

Analgesic Nephropathy (Painkillers and the Kidneys)
(National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)
discusses acute renal failure caused by analgesic use in people with risk factors such as advanced age or heavy alcohol use. explains how daily use of analgesics over long periods may lead to chronic kidney disease.


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