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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 »

Your heart and kidney disease

What does the heart have to do with kidney disease? Factors such as blood pressure, anemia and diabetes also influence kidney function and the heart. When you have kidney disease, you also have a high risk of developing heart disease, also known as cardiovascular disease. Learn more about your heart and kidney disease.

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PREVENTION »

Type 1 diabetes and kidney disease

Type 1 diabetes occurs less frequently, but people who have it are at risk for kidney disease. Learn more about the causes and symptoms of Type 1 diabetes and the connections it shares with kidney disease.

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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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