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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 »

How kidney disease patients can deal with kidney disease

A diagnosis of chronic kidney disease can cause anxiety and stress. It is important for people with kidney disease to attend to the emotional and mental challenges that come from being diagnosed with kidney disease. Find out how to become more educated about kidney disease, how to connect with other kidney disease patients and how to improve your emotional outlook.

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SYMPTOMS & DIAGNOSIS »

Your heart and kidney disease

What does the heart have to do with kidney disease? Factors such as blood pressure, anemia and diabetes also influence kidney function and the heart. When you have kidney disease, you also have a high risk of developing heart disease, also known as cardiovascular disease. Learn more about your heart and kidney disease.

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PREVENTION »

10 steps to high blood pressure control

Approximately 1 in 4 adults in the U.S. today have high blood pressure, which can lead to life-threatening illnesses including kidney disease, heart disease and stroke. High blood pressure control, including lifestyle and dietary changes, can help bring your blood pressure levels within healthy ranges. 

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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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