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Steps to Better Kidney Health for People With Sickle Cell Disease

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source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

year: 2021

summary/abstract:

People with sickle cell disease (SCD) are at greater risk than the general population for kidney complications. Share your medical history with your healthcare team so it can properly identify and treat any complications of SCD you currently have or may develop. Your healthcare team may include your primary care provider, SCD provider, and any other healthcare specialists. Below are common kidney complications and steps you can take for better kidney health.

Albuminuria (Too Much Protein in the Urine)
People with SCD often have albuminuria, or too much protein in the urine (possibly an early sign of kidney disease). Remind your provider to check your urine every year. A simple urine test done every year will help your provider monitor the amount of protein in your urine. Your provider may prescribe medicines that lower the amount of protein in your urine to help protect your kidneys.

 

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