If you have kidney disease or ever gone for a medical check up that includes your kidneys, you likely had a number of tests done. Often, looking at all the results make as much sense as looking at Latin. We will let you in on the one test that you must absolutely know to measure the health of your kidneys. First though, here is an explanation of a few other things that may be tested and why they’re important:
Blood Pressure Reading –High blood pressure leads to kidney disease. Normal blood pressure is 120/80. If the upper number is over 140 and the lower number is above 90, your blood pressure is too high.
Protein to Creatinine Ratio (ACR) – Estimates the amount of protein found in your urine. Protein in the urine is one of the earliest signs of kidney disease. If over the limit prescribed by your lab, your kidneys may be starting to have problems.
Total Cholesterol – Measures the amount of cholesterol in your blood. If it’s too high, you may be at risk for heart disease.
Blood Glucose: Checks for diabetes, the leading cause of kidney failure. If over the limit, may suggest you have diabetes.
Now you know all these, what is the most important number that you must know and track for the health of your kidneys?
‘Drumroll’ It is:
The Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate (eGFR) –
This number measures your kidney function. It indicates how well your kidneys are doing their job of filtering the blood. Over 60 is normal, under 60, talk to your doctor!
So there you have it, the eGFR is the 1 number you must absolutely know and keep track of in kidney disease. Become a member of Wella Health to track your eGFR and other vital health information wherever you are. Please share this knowledge to save someone’s kidney and life!