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26 years old with a GFR of 86
I recently went to the docs for kidney pain and facial swelling and received an GFR of 86.  The doctor said this is within functioning range and made little of it, but isn't this low for my age?  What should I be doing to increase this figure?
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Hello and hope you are doing well.

According to the National Kidney Foundation, normal results range from 90 - 120 mL/min/1.73 m2. Older people will have lower normal GFR levels, because GFR decreases with age. Your level is below the normal range. To improve this you can check to see if you are a diabetic or hypertensive and have these controlled. Also, avoid alcohol and stop smoking. And exercise regularly. recheck your values at regular intervals.

Hope this helped and do keep us posted.
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