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THE BASICS »

Early stages of chronic kidney disease

In the early stages of chronic kidney disease (CKD), you may have few symptoms. Your kidney health care team will compute your glomerular filtration rate (GFR) and compare it to established guidelines by the National Kidney Foundation to determine if you are in the early stages of kidney disease (also known as stages 1 and 2). Once you’ve been diagnosed, a kidney treatment plan for your specific needs can be developed.

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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 »

Bone disease and kidney disease

When a doctor determines that bone disease is related to kidney disease, it usually means that the kidneys are not doing their job well enough to balance the body’s minerals. This condition is called renal osteodystrophy.

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PREVENTION »

What is diabetes?

In a person with diabetes, the pancreas does not function properly. If you have diabetes, your body either makes too little insulin or cannot appropriately use the insulin it does make, resulting in increased blood sugar levels. High blood sugar levels can harm your body and result in serious complications, such as chronic kidney disease (CKD).

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DIET & NUTRITION »

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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