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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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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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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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Type 2 diabetes and kidney disease

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, and millions of people in the United States may not realize they have it. Learn more about the causes and symptoms of Type 2 diabetes and how it relates to kidney disease.

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Sodium and early stage kidney disease

Sodium, sometimes known as salt, is a necessary mineral in a healthy diet. However, too much sodium can result in high blood pressure, the second leading cause of kidney disease. Reducing the salt in your diet is the first step to taking control of your early stage kidney disease. Learn about sodium, how it affects people with kidney disease and what a dietitian can do to help you learn about a low-sodium, kidney-friendly diet.

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