Kidney Health Q&A With Dr. Griffin Rodgers

hologram of kidneys( — What affects kidney health (for the better and for the worst)? How do you know if you have kidney disease? What other illnesses and conditions can increase your risk of kidney damage?

Dr. Griffin Rodgers, Director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, was recently on hand to answer all of your top kidney health questions. Dozens of fans took the time to ask extremely important questions about what they needed to do to stay healthy, and we want to thank everyone involved for this fantastic and insightful opportunity.

Here is a recap of this exciting and thoughtful discussion:

Alex Ferguson: How often do I need to be tested for kidney disease?

If you have diabetes, you should get checked every year. If you have other risk factors, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, or a family history of kidney failure, talk to your provider about how often you should be tested.

Angela Lester: Does alcohol affect kidney function?