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THE BASICS »

What is a nephrologist?

A nephrologist is a licensed medical doctor who has trained to become an expert in the function and diseases of the kidney. Commonly referred to as kidney doctors, nephrologists treat many kidney diseases, such as chronic kidney disease (CKD), acute renal failure, polycystic kidney disease (PKD), kidney cancers and kidney stones. Nephrologists also help manage kidney patients who are on dialysis. Learn more about nephrologists.

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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 »

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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 »

Type 2 diabetes and kidney disease

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, and millions of people in the United States may not realize they have it. Learn more about the causes and symptoms of Type 2 diabetes and how it relates to kidney disease.

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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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