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THE BASICS »

What is chronic kidney disease (CKD)?

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is defined as a permanent loss of kidney function. It can happen slowly and silently over months or years. Chronic kidney disease progresses from mild to severe and in the early stages there may be no warning symptoms. A CKD diagnosis means that tests have shown your kidneys are not functioning to remove wastes and extra water from your body as efficiently as they should. Learn more about chronic kidney disease, from symptoms and diagnosis to slowing its progression.

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TREATMENTS »

Getting the kidney disease support that you need

When a person is diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD), it can be overwhelming. There are kidney disease support groups and other resources available to help. Connect online with others who are living with kidney disease through websites, discussion forums, blogs and email lists. National kidney organizations are excellent sources for information and support. Learn more about how you can get the kidney disease support you need when you have chronic kidney disease. 

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SYMPTOMS & DIAGNOSIS »

Cystitis: a common urinary tract infection

Having a urinary tract infection (UTI) can be an uncomfortable experience. When bacteria get into the urinary system, they can cause UTIs. The most common UTI is inflammation of the bladder called cystitis. Left untreated, UTIs can lead to a kidney infection, potentially damaging the kidneys. Learn more about the symptoms and treatments of UTIs.

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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 »

Phosphorus and early stage kidney disease

Phosphorus is found in every cell of the body. It keeps your bones and teeth strong, and regulates the heart, nerves and kidneys. But when you have kidney disease, limiting phosphorus in your diet can help keep you healthier. Learn why controlling phosphorus is important for people with early stage kidney disease, which foods are low in phosphorus and which foods are high in phosphorus.

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