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THE BASICS »

What causes chronic kidney disease?

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) comes on slowly over the years. But did you know that certain conditions you have now can develop into kidney disease? Diabetes and high blood pressure are the two leading causes of chronic kidney disease. So what else causes chronic kidney disease? Learn more in this overview about how you could develop kidney disease.

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TREATMENTS »

What to expect at your first nephrologist visit

If you are having problems with your kidneys, you may be referred to a kidney doctor known as a nephrologist. A nephrologist has been trained in general internal medicine and specializes in disorders of the kidneys. Learn what you can expect on your first visit with a nephrologist.

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SYMPTOMS & DIAGNOSIS »

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Glomerular filtration rate (GFR) is a measure of how well kidneys are cleaning the blood and is used to establish a person’s stage of kidney disease. The DaVita GFR Calculator helps you determine the glomerular filtration rate (GFR). Once GFR is known and the stage of chronic kidney disease is determined, a treatment plan can be formulated. 

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PREVENTION »

Kidney infections

When bacteria or other tiny organisms make their way into the kidneys, a kidney infection can develop. Talking to your doctor at the first sign of kidney problems is important so that a kidney infection does not permanently damage your kidneys and lead to chronic kidney disease. Discover ways to prevent kidney infection and how your doctor can treat a diagnosed infection.

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DIET & NUTRITION »

Protein and early stage kidney disease

Protein is an essential nutrient that helps keep your body healthy. But too much protein for people with early stage kidney disease may contribute to progressive loss of kidney function. On the other hand, inadequate protein intake causes malnutrition. People with kidney disease should monitor the amount of protein they eat on a kidney diet, and can do so with the help of their renal dietitian.

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