By: Danay Pérez Pérez, Health Services
Providers have a special connection with their patients. In many cases, a suggestion can manage to avoid a kidney complication in time. Here are some important points to discuss with your patients when guiding them on kidney health, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
• Emphasize the importance of monitoring your blood sugar and blood pressure levels as a preventative measure to minimize kidney damage.
• Educate in a clear and simple language, what the levels of albuminuria, glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) and creatinine in the urine of patients with diabetes and hypertension symbolize.
• Suggest your patients consult a nephrologist in case they present early signs of kidney damage.
• Encourage your patients to have a kidney function test as part of their annual tests.
With these suggestions, together with your decisions as a provider, they will allow our patients to prevent and detect kidney conditions in time, maintaining their quality of life for more years.
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