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Measuring Your Kidney Health

Regular monitoring of your kidney function is important in determining how slowly or quickly your kidney disease is developing. To stay healthy, it is important to get regular check-ups with your healthcare team so that they can monitor your health and you can get the therapy you need.
 

Urine and Blood Testing

 
Lab tests will tell you how well your kidneys are functioning. Your kidneys may not be working properly if the tests show that:

  • your urine contains excessively high levels of protein
  • your urine contains blood
  • waste products (e.g. urea and creatinine) are building up in your blood


What do my urine and blood tests measure?

 
  • Creatinine
  • Creatinine clearance
  • Urea
  • Albumin
  • Haemoglobin
  • Haematocrit
A waste product made by the breakdown of proteins and released into the blood. Measuring the creatinine in your blood (serum creatinine) is the simplest way to monitor kidney function. As your kidney function slows down, the creatinine level in your blood will rise. Your Nurse and Dietitian may suggest you adjust the amount of protein you eat each day.
 
Learning and understanding is an important step to better health. Don't be afraid to ask for an explanation of your test results and how they compare to your previous tests so you can know how you are doing over time.
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