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THE BASICS »

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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TREATMENTS »

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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SYMPTOMS & DIAGNOSIS »

What are the symptoms of chronic kidney disease?

Symptoms of chronic kidney disease (CKD) may not be present when someone has early stage kidney disease. Kidney disease progresses over time and its symptoms usually appear when a person is in the later stages and needs dialysis. Find out about the symptoms of chronic kidney disease and the lab tests your doctor can use to detect it early.

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PREVENTION »

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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DIET & NUTRITION »

Cranberries and kidneys

Cranberries and cranberry juice have been rumored to promote kidney health. Urinary tract infections (UTIs) send millions of people to their doctors every year. Research supports that cranberry juice can help fight urinary tract infections, so cranberries help promote kidney health along with providing other health benefits.


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