There are steps you can take to reduce your risk of developing chronic kidney disease.

Maintain Normal Blood Pressure

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Control Blood Glucose Levels If You Have Diabetes

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Stop Smoking

Smoking makes chronic kidney disease worse. Ask your doctor for help in stopping.

Change Your Diet

Table salt, including potassium, phosphorus, and magnesium, and dietary protein make chronic kidney disease progress more quickly. Your doctor may recommend cutting down on salt and protein.

Don’t Overuse Medications Toxic to Kidneys

Prolonged use of medications, such as ibuprofen, aspirin, and phenacetin, can lead to chronic kidney disease. Talk to your doctor if you take these medications regularly.