Kidney health is extremely important, so why do some people not get screened for chronic kidney disease (CKD)? Here are a few of the most common reasons:
I don’t feel sick.
Kidney disease isn’t called a silent killer for no reason. Because so often CKD has no symptoms, it can progress from early-stage, right into kidney failure very quickly. Just under forty-million people have CHK, and studies suggest that 96% of the people in early-stage, don’t even know they have it.
Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney disease, and it affects twenty-nine-million Americans. Being aware of your blood sugar level can help protect your kidneys, or help them from getting worse. You might be surprised to know that high blood pressure is the second most common cause of kidney disease. Take your blood pressure regularly, and see a health care provider if your blood pressure needs to be controlled.
I just had a physical.
That’s great! Keep it up, but blood pressure, and blood sugar readings, need to be taken regularly. If you have high blood pressure, you should take your pressure twice a day. If you don’t have high blood pressure, you should take it twice a month, and not just at your doctor’s office. Know what “normal” is for you, and keep track of your results to talk to your doctor about it on your next visit.
I don’t need to check my BP, my smartwatch does it for me.
Smartwatches are definitely handy, but they are not a replacement for regularly checking your blood pressure. Smartwatches only track how many times your heart beats per minute, which is not the same as your blood pressure.
My levels are only high because I’m stressed.
While physical activity and stress can spike your blood pressure and sugar, those spikes can have long-term effects. Learning what normal levels are for blood your pressure and blood sugar is a smart idea, and keep up on tracking both.
I don’t need any bad news.
Getting screened for CKD might sound a bit scary, but being in control of your own health feels empowering. It’s always better to know sooner, rather than later, especially with CKD, where you may be able to help slow the progression.
While there are many reasons not to do something, like get screened for CKD, there are even more reasons to do it. Your kidneys are critical in keeping the rest of your body healthy, so get out there and get screened for CKD!
At Internal Medicine, Dr. Beysolow is a kidney specialist. He also specializes in nephrology and internal medicine, along with being one of the best Key West doctors. Dr. Beysolow is also an expert in kidney surgery but wants to help you with any kidney issues you may have, as a certified kidney specialist. For more information, visit our website or call today!