Be kind to your kidneys



Have you heard of Chronic Kidney Disease?

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) means your kidneys do not work as well as they should and do not filter your blood properly

Around 10% of people in the UK have chronic kidney disease


The damage to your kidneys happens slowly over a period of time

 It's a common condition often associated with getting older. It can affect anyone, but it's more common in people who are black or of South Asian origin.

The most common causes of CKD are

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Long-term, regular use of some medicines

If left untreated, CKD can make you very unwell.


Be kind to your kidneys

You can protect your kidneys by preventing or managing health conditions that cause kidney damage, such as diabetes and high blood pressure.


Preventing Chronic Kidney Disease

You can make changes to your lifestyle that will help protect your kidneys including, stopping smoking, eating a healthy diet, limiting alcohol intake and exercising regularly.

CKD often has no symptons until the disease is at a more advanced stage

Speak to your GP or local pharmacy about a free NHS Health Check

Published: Mar 14, 2024