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You can take steps to reduce your risk of developing end-stage renal disease:

  • If you have diabetes, control your blood sugar.

  • Closely monitor and aggressively treat high blood pressure. High blood pressure further damages the kidneys in people with kidney disease.

  • If you have kidney disease, avoid over the counter arthritis medicines. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can cause kidney damage.

  • A low-protein diet may slow the progression of existing kidney disease.

  • Quitting smoking and lowering cholesterol levels may also help.

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