Kidney health management program

Kidneys keep your blood clean and chemically balanced. But if you have kidney disease, your kidneys can't function properly. If you're in the early stages, you may not feel sick at all. Detecting kidney disease early can keep things from getting worse.

Managing kidney disease

There's a lot you can do to help keep your kidneys healthy and slow down your kidney disease. Testing your kidneys, monitoring your symptoms and making simple lifestyle changes can help you manage your condition. Work with your doctor to:

  • Use medicines correctly.
  • Eat healthy foods and monitor your fluid intake.
  • Get a flu shot every year.
  • Quit smoking.

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Health checks

Talk to your doctor about these wellness checks every year. You may need some of them more often than that.

  • Blood pressure
  • Total cholesterol (HDL, LDL, triglycerides)
  • Kidney function tests (urine and blood)
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Flu shot

Also, check with your doctor to see if your vaccines are up to date, including:

  • Your pneumonia shot
  • Your shingles vaccine
  • Your combined tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis vaccine

Other resources

Log in to learn more

You can find in-depth information about kidney health in your online account.

  1. Log in to your account at
  2. Click on the Health & Wellness tab at the top of the page to enter the Blue Cross® Health & Wellness website, powered by WebMD®.
  3. Click on the Health Information tab.
  4. Click on Conditions.
  5. Click on Kidney Disease.
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