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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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Living a full life after a chronic kidney disease diagnosis

After you are diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD), there are several things that you can do to slow its progression. This includes learning about the disease, communicating with your health care team and following kidney care plans carefully. Here are some fundamental tips on how to live a full life after you’re diagnosed with chronic kidney disease.

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Polycystic kidney disease

An estimated 600,000 Americans have polycystic kidney disease (PKD) and half of them will face kidney failure. Discover the various forms of PKD, the symptoms, and how to manage the disease after diagnosis.

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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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Protein and early stage kidney disease

Protein is an essential nutrient that helps keep your body healthy. But too much protein for people with early stage kidney disease may contribute to progressive loss of kidney function. On the other hand, inadequate protein intake causes malnutrition. People with kidney disease should monitor the amount of protein they eat on a kidney diet, and can do so with the help of their renal dietitian.

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