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THE BASICS »

How kidneys fail

Kidneys balance the body’s chemistry by regulating fluid, removing wastes and maintaining mineral balance. But kidney failure can happen due to conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and other diseases that affect the kidneys. Learn how kidneys fail and the treatments you can receive if you have kidney disease.

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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 »

Urinary system disorders

The urinary system is your body’s sophisticated system for making, storing and eliminating urine. It works to maintain the balance of chemicals and water in your body. There are certain disorders that can greatly interrupt the normal functioning of the urinary system. Learn what they are and when urinary system disorders could lead to kidney disease.

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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 »

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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