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THE BASICS »

Early stages of chronic kidney disease

In the early stages of chronic kidney disease (CKD), you may have few symptoms. Your kidney health care team will compute your glomerular filtration rate (GFR) and compare it to established guidelines by the National Kidney Foundation to determine if you are in the early stages of kidney disease (also known as stages 1 and 2). Once you’ve been diagnosed, a kidney treatment plan for your specific needs can be developed.

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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 »

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 »

Leading cause of kidney disease is diabetes

People with diabetes are at risk for kidney disease. High blood sugar or glucose levels build up in the bloodstream. If uncontrolled, this can lead to chronic kidney disease (CKD). Over time, diabetes damages blood vessels throughout the body, including those in the kidneys. Find out how to help prevent diabetes from leading to kidney disease.

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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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