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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 »

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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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SYMPTOMS & DIAGNOSIS »

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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 »

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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 »

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For people with chronic kidney disease (CKD), following a kidney disease diet may be part of their treatment for maintaining good health. The kidney disease diet is generally based on eating high quality proteins and lowering phosphorus, potassium and sodium intake. The kidney diet is an individualized eating plan and can change depending on your stage of kidney disease. Find out the basics of a kidney disease diet.  


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