Daily Archives: January 3, 2019

I have only one kidney, which is functioning near normal. Is it OK to take Magnesium supplements?

Magnesium supplementation should be safe with normal kidney function, however, you still need to check with your physician about making sure that the supplementation does not interfere with other medication or supplements that you may be taking. For additional information … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Diet/Nutrition, Herbal Supplements in Kidney Disease/Failure, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Nephrectomy / One kidney

Hello, Doctor, What are the most effective tests for identifying kidney health? I’ve been dealing with progressing health issues on my own. The doctors and nurses I’ve dealt with in the party few years have ignored abnormal test results and alerts from the testing labs then made excuses to avoid making diagnosis. I’m concerned that the high-protein and ibuprofen-heavy recommendations might’ve caused more harm than good. I need to know what lab tests to order and what to look for on the results when I can afford the next round? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

I suggest that you get a serum creatinine and a blood urea nitrogen (BUN). This information can be used to calculate an estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR). You can learn about this test by visiting our web site at: https://www.kidney.org/professionals/KDOQI/gfr_calculator You … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Blood/Urine Testing For Kidney Disease, GFR, Kidney-Related Health Questions