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Keep your kidneys in check

Living with a chronic condition increases your risk of chronic kidney disease…. a lot

Less than 1 in 10 Australians are aware they are living with signs of kidney disease.

Kidney disease or kidney damage is treatable if detected early so make sure you ask your GP for a kidney health check.

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Kidney Disease, Diabetes & Heart Disease: the facts

Chronic kidney disease frequently occurs alongside diabetes and cardiovascular disease
Diabetes and hypertension cause over half of all kidney failure cases in Australia
The presence of diabetes in dialysis patients in 2018 increased the death rate by 33%
21% of adults with cardiovascular disease (heart, stroke, and vascular diseases) will also have CKD

Download Your GP Referral Letter

Here’s something to help you start the conversation with your GP.

This handy letter for your GP from Kidney Health Australia’s clinical director, Professor Karen Dwyer will help explain to your GP why you would like your kidneys checked, what tests need to be done and how they can access additional support if required.

Download a referral letter now and take it with you to your next GP appointment.

What does a Kidney Health Check involve?

A Kidney Health Check is very quick and simple.

1. A blood test to check how well your kidneys are working – your GP will order this test to check your eGFR which tells you how much kidney function you have left

2. A urine ACR test – this test will check for albuminuria, a type of protein in your urine. Damaged kidneys often leak protein into the urine

3. A blood pressure check – high blood pressure and kidney disease often occur together, so increasing blood pressure is often an early sign of kidney disease.

A kidney health check can be done as part of your regular GP visit. The tests ordered are covered by Medicare, however your doctor may charge you a gap for the doctor visit.

Don’t have a GP appointment coming soon? Make sure you book one in to get your kidneys checked. It's fast and easy.

Knowledge is power. Here's some helpful resources.

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This campaign has been developed and delivered by Kidney Health Australia in collaboration with Diabetes Australia.

Sponsored by AstraZeneca.