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THE BASICS »

How kidneys fail

Kidneys balance the body’s chemistry by regulating fluid, removing wastes and maintaining mineral balance. But kidney failure can happen due to conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and other diseases that affect the kidneys. Learn how kidneys fail and the treatments you can receive if you have kidney disease.

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TREATMENTS »

Living a full life after a chronic kidney disease diagnosis

After you are diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD), there are several things that you can do to slow its progression. This includes learning about the disease, communicating with your health care team and following kidney care plans carefully. Here are some fundamental tips on how to live a full life after you’re diagnosed with chronic kidney disease.

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SYMPTOMS & DIAGNOSIS »

Polycystic kidney disease

An estimated 600,000 Americans have polycystic kidney disease (PKD) and half of them will face kidney failure. Discover the various forms of PKD, the symptoms, and how to manage the disease after diagnosis.

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PREVENTION »

Diabetes control

Diabetes is a metabolic condition that results when the pancreas either does not make enough insulin or the body is not properly using the insulin it does produce. The result is that sugar builds up in the blood. Blood sugar control and following a treatment plan is important for someone with diabetes in order to avoid or delay health complications.

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DIET & NUTRITION »

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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