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THE BASICS »

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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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 »

Acute kidney failure

Acute kidney failure, or renal failure, happens when someone's kidneys suddenly stop working. It is different from chronic kidney failure, which happens slowly over time and is irreversible. 


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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 »

What a renal dietitian can do for a person with kidney disease

Dialysis patients are assigned a renal dietitian to help them eat properly. However, people with kidney disease who are not on dialysis can also benefit from a dietitian’s expertise. Learn what a renal dietitian can do if you have kidney disease and why you may need one to help you learn about and manage a kidney diet.

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