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What causes chronic kidney disease?

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) comes on slowly over the years. But did you know that certain conditions you have now can develop into kidney disease? Diabetes and high blood pressure are the two leading causes of chronic kidney disease. So what else causes chronic kidney disease? Learn more in this overview about how you could develop kidney disease.

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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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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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Type 1 diabetes and kidney disease

Type 1 diabetes occurs less frequently, but people who have it are at risk for kidney disease. Learn more about the causes and symptoms of Type 1 diabetes and the connections it shares with 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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