Most people who have early kidney failure are unaware of their condition because of the notable lack of symptoms in the early stages. (We discuss symptoms in Chapter 3.) This is true in the case of other diseases too (like diabetes and hypertension) but is particularly common in kidney disease. So those people who are at risk for kidney failure, either because of inherited susceptibilities or risky behaviors, should be aware of the possibility of contracting a kidney problem. In Chapter 3 we discuss how easy it is to discover the presence of kidney disease by utilizing a simple at-home test, but first let's find out whether you fall into one of the at-risk groups.
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