High Blood Pressure, Diabetes and Kidney Disease

The kidneys are a pair of vital organs that perform many functions to keep the blood clean and chemically balanced. The kidneys play a key role in keeping a person’s blood pressure in a healthy range, and blood pressure, in turn can affect the health of the kidneys.  High blood pressure, also called hypertension, can damage the kidneys and lead to chronic kidney disease (CKD).

  • What is high blood pressure?
  • How does high blood pressure hurt the kidneys?
  • What are the signs and symptoms of high blood pressure?
  • What are the signs and symptoms of chronic kidney disease (CKD)?
  • How can kidney damage from high blood pressure be prevented?
  • How can blood pressure be controlled?
  • Can medicines help control blood pressure?
  • Who is at risk for kidney failure related to high blood pressure?
  • Talking Points
  • Hope through Research
  • High Blood Pressure and Diabetes
  • How will I be checked for kidney disease?
  • What should I learn at my next healthcare visit?

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All information presented is courtesy of the following organizations and their publications:
US Dept. of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearing House