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What Is Kidney Disease

Learn about kidney disease and what it means to you

Most people don’t give their kidneys a second thought until they start to experience a loss of kidney function. In fact many people don’t experience serious health problems until their kidney function has dropped to less than twenty five percent. Since kidney damage cannot be reversed, learning all that you can, as soon as you can, may help you keep your kidneys functioning longer. Read on to learn about how healthy kidneys function, chronic kidney disease, kidney failure and coping with kidney disease.

The causes of kidney disease

There are two main causes of kidney disease: hypertension and diabetes.

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The stages of CKD

The National Kidney Foundation has divided chronic kidney disease into 5 stages.

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How Kidneys Work

The kidneys play an important role in your health by removing wastes, extra fluids, and releasing hormones.

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Chronic Kidney Disease

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is normally a long process where the kidneys slowly lose function over time. Find out more about the stages of CKD, causes, risk factors, and warning signs, and learn how you may be able to slow the progression of the disease.

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Kidney Failure

When your kidneys fail, harmful wastes build up in your body. Learn about the signs and treatment of kidney failure, and find out how to talk to your doctor about treatment options.

Kidney Failure (End Stage Renal Disease)

Coping With Kidney Disease

You may feel many different emotions as you live with your disease. While your feelings are uniquely yours, you are not alone. Understanding the emotions around your disease, and learning ways to cope with those feelings, can help.

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Learn about our free Treatment Options Program classes to help you make the right decisions for your health and lifestyle.

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