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THE BASICS »

Stages of chronic kidney disease

There are five stages of chronic kidney disease (CKD), and they are determined by using guidelines from the National Kidney Foundation (NKF). In order to measure how well kidneys are cleaning the blood, doctors use a measure called glomerular filtration rate (GFR). This is an overview of the stages of chronic kidney disease and how each stage determines the kind of treatment you need as kidney function decreases.

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TREATMENTS »

What to expect at your first nephrologist visit

If you are having problems with your kidneys, you may be referred to a kidney doctor known as a nephrologist. A nephrologist has been trained in general internal medicine and specializes in disorders of the kidneys. Learn what you can expect on your first visit with a nephrologist.

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SYMPTOMS & DIAGNOSIS »

DaVita.com GFR calculator

Glomerular filtration rate (GFR) is a measure of how well kidneys are cleaning the blood and is used to establish a person’s stage of kidney disease. The DaVita GFR Calculator helps you determine the glomerular filtration rate (GFR). Once GFR is known and the stage of chronic kidney disease is determined, a treatment plan can be formulated. 

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PREVENTION »

High blood pressure and chronic kidney disease (CKD)

Maintaining blood pressure at recommended levels is important in both the prevention of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and the slowing of its progression. There are several measures that can be taken to control high blood pressure, such as adopting healthy lifestyle habits, taking prescribed medications and working with your doctor. Learn more about high blood pressure and how it relates to CKD.

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DIET & NUTRITION »

Potassium and early stage kidney disease

Potassium is an important mineral that regulates heartbeats and promotes muscle movement. But when you have advanced stage kidney disease, the kidneys may not be able to remove excess potassium, which can be harmful to the body. You will need to lower the potassium in your diet when your kidneys can no longer remove excess amounts help keep blood levels of potassium normal. Learn about potassium and how your stage of chronic kidney disease may affect your potassium level, high potassium and low potassium foods and where your potassium level should be when you have early stage kidney disease.

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