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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 »

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 »

Anemia and kidney disease

People with kidney disease are often at risk for anemia. Women with kidney disease may be more susceptible to anemia. Learn what anemia is, the symptoms of anemia and some of the possible treatments for anemia.


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PREVENTION »

Diabetes control

Diabetes is a metabolic condition that results when the pancreas either does not make enough insulin or the body is not properly using the insulin it does produce. The result is that sugar builds up in the blood. Blood sugar control and following a treatment plan is important for someone with diabetes in order to avoid or delay health complications.

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DIET & NUTRITION »

Phosphorus and early stage kidney disease

Phosphorus is found in every cell of the body. It keeps your bones and teeth strong, and regulates the heart, nerves and kidneys. But when you have kidney disease, limiting phosphorus in your diet can help keep you healthier. Learn why controlling phosphorus is important for people with early stage kidney disease, which foods are low in phosphorus and which foods are high in phosphorus.

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