Women and men just aren’t the same, particularly when it comes to their health risks. According to everydayhealth.com, the first step to staying healthy is knowing what you’re up against, and then taking the necessary precautions to reduce your risk. The good news is that many of the leading threats to women’s health, which can vary based on a woman’s age and background, are preventable.

Here is one condition to be aware of to maximize your health today:

Kidney Disease

This disease, in which the kidneys stop doing their job and allow waste to build up in the blood, accounts for almost 2 percent of all female deaths in the United States. Many factors can contribute to the development of kidney disease, but diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and a family history of kidney failure are your greatest risks. If you have diabetes or high blood pressure, follow your doctor’s treatment suggestions closely to minimize your risk. Unfortunately, early kidney disease has no symptoms, but blood and urine tests can diagnose the condition.