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Stages of chronic kidney disease

There are five stages of chronic kidney disease (CKD), and they are determined by using guidelines from the National Kidney Foundation (NKF). In order to measure how well kidneys are cleaning the blood, doctors use a measure called glomerular filtration rate (GFR). This is an overview of the stages of chronic kidney disease and how each stage determines the kind of treatment you need as kidney function decreases.

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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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Who is at risk for chronic kidney disease (CKD)?

If you have diabetes or high blood pressure, the possibility for getting chronic kidney disease (CKD) is high. Kidney disease can happen to anyone, no matter their race, age or gender. But certain minority groups are at greater risk for kidney disease than others. Learn more about who is at risk for chronic kidney disease.

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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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Potassium and early stage kidney disease

Potassium is an important mineral that regulates heartbeats and promotes muscle movement. But when you have advanced stage kidney disease, the kidneys may not be able to remove excess potassium, which can be harmful to the body. You will need to lower the potassium in your diet when your kidneys can no longer remove excess amounts help keep blood levels of potassium normal. Learn about potassium and how your stage of chronic kidney disease may affect your potassium level, high potassium and low potassium foods and where your potassium level should be when you have early stage kidney disease.

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