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Is there anything I can do to keep my kidneys from getting worse if I have Chronic Kidney Disease?

Yes, you can protect your kidneys by:

  • Taking blood pressure and other medicines every day, if your doctor or nurse prescribes them to you.
  • Keeping your blood sugar in a healthy range, if you have diabetes.
  • Changing your diet, if your doctor or nurse says you should.
  • Avoiding medicines known as “nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs,” or NSAIDs. These medicines include ibuprofen (sample brand names: Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (sample brand name: Aleve). Check with your doctor, nurse, or kidney specialist before starting any new medicines—even over-the-counter ones.