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Are You at Risk for Kidney Disease?

According to the National Kidney Foundation, one in nine American adults has kidney disease. This rate is only expected to rise because of the prevalence of type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, which are the leading causes of kidney failure.

Anyone can get kidney disease, but you have a higher risk of developing the condition if someone in your family has kidney disease. You are also more likely to develop the disease if you have diabetes, hypertension, are elderly, or if your race is non-Caucasian. Because symptoms may not be noticeable until the disease has progressed, you should talk with your healthcare provider about your risk.

Fortunately, there are things you can do to reduce your risk. The following steps can help to preserve good kidney function:

  • Control your blood pressure if you have hypertension.
  • Control your blood sugars, if you are diabetic.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Limit carbonated beverages.
  • Achieve a normal body mass index (BMI).
  • Stay active by exercising, such as brisk walking at least 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week.
  • Limit sodium intake.
  • Avoid long-term use of NSAID pain relievers.
  • Limit alcohol intake.
  • Eat fresh fruits and vegetables; limit fatty foods.

When you or your loved ones need medical care, consider one of UT Medical Group’s Family Medicine offices conveniently located in East Memphis, Downtown and Covington, Tennessee. Same and next-day appointments are available for all ages. For specialized kidney care, visit one of UT Medical Group’s nephrologists.

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Welcome to UT Medical Group, Inc.

For more than 35 years, patient care has been our first concern at UT Medical Group, Inc.

Whether you need care for a chronic medical condition or an organ transplant, UTMG has a doctor for you. Our award-winning medical staff includes more than 200 providers who offer a wide range of primary and specialty care. Many of them have been named among the best in their fields by Best Doctors®, Top Doctors®, and other organizations. Because these doctors also serve on the faculty of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, they have access to the latest medical treatments and cutting-edge research—which translates into advanced, quality care for our patients. UTMG doctors provide services at many convenient locations, including the Memphis Medical Center and Germantown.


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