Kidney disease is a fairly common condition. It often does not cause any symptoms in people who have it and many people only know they have it as they have had blood tests for other conditions and it has been detected.
Managing symptomless kidney disease is important because a small proportion of people disease will go on to develop more serious disease. It is impossible to know who will progress in this way. In people with kidney disease we monitor do 6- 12 monthly early morning urine and blood tests. We also monitor blood pressure regularly and aim for lower blood pressure targets than in most other people.
People with kidney disease should exercise, not smoke, control their weight and follow a healthy diet which is low in fat, sugar and salt. Drugs which damage the kidney should be avoided or used with caution. This includes some of those bought over the counter such as Ibuprofen and other anti-inflammatory medications.