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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 »

Heading your kidney disease health care team

It may be overwhelming to learn you have kidney disease, but it is more manageable when you feel you are in control. Getting organized and learning the facts about chronic kidney disease (CKD) are the first steps to becoming the head of your kidney disease health care team. No one is an expert on your body and health like you. It’s easier than you think to take charge.  

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SYMPTOMS & DIAGNOSIS »

Childhood nephrotic syndrome

If your child is urinating less frequently and experiencing swelling in the hands, feet or abdomen, you should have your doctor check your child for nephrotic syndrome. The treatment for childhood nephrotic syndrome will depend on the underlying cause, but most cases do not lead to permanent kidney damage. Learn more about childhood nephrotic syndrome.

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PREVENTION »

High blood pressure and chronic kidney disease (CKD)

Maintaining blood pressure at recommended levels is important in both the prevention of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and the slowing of its progression. There are several measures that can be taken to control high blood pressure, such as adopting healthy lifestyle habits, taking prescribed medications and working with your doctor. Learn more about high blood pressure and how it relates to CKD.

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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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