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Kidney disease is often called a "silent" disease, because most people have no kidney disease symptoms before they are diagnosed. In fact, you might feel just fine until your kidneys have almost stopped working. Do NOT wait for kidney disease symptoms!

Lab tests are the only way to know if you have kidney problems. If you have diabetes, high blood pressure, or another risk factor, ask about your kidneys at your next medical appointment. Again, the only way to know if you have kidney symptoms is to get tested. And the sooner kidney disease is found, the sooner you can take steps to keep your kidneys healthier longer.

A blood test and a urine test are used to find kidney problems. If you have diabetes, you should get both of these tests every year. If you have high blood pressure, you should also get tested regularly -- ask your health care provider how often.

The blood test helps your doctor measure how much blood your kidneys filter each minute. This shows how well your kidneys are working. The test is called "GFR" (which stands for glomerular filtration rate).

The urine test looks for protein in your urine, which is a sign of kidney problems. This test has several different names. You could be told that you are being screened for "proteinuria" or "albuminuria" or "microalbuminuria." ("Albumin" is a type of protein, and "micro" means a small amount of it.) Or you could be told that your "urine albumin-to-creatinine ratio" (UACR) is being measured.

If you have albumin or protein in your urine, it could mean you have kidney disease. Your healthcare provider might do additional tests to be sure.

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Adapted from National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, 31 March 2008