Chronic Kidney Disease
Learn about Chronic Kidney Disease and how to manage the disease.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) over 20 million adults, or 10 % of the United States adult population,1 may have chronic kidney disease (CKD). Both the personal and financial costs of this disease are great. Learning about chronic kidney disease can provide you with an understanding of whether you and your family are at risk, what symptoms to look for, the stages chronic kidney disease, and how to get tested for chronic kidney disease.
Causes of chronic kidney disease
There are many conditions that can contribute to developing chronic kidney disease. Diabetes, high blood pressure, glomerular disease, and polycystic kidney disease are four main causes. Finding out more about these conditions may help you keep your kidneys functioning longer.
Stages of chronic kidney disease
Chronic kidney disease often develops slowly, over time. Understanding how the disease progresses can help you take steps that may keep your kidneys functioning longer. The National Kidney Foundation has divided chronic kidney disease into 5 stages.
Chronic kidney disease risk factors
Some diseases have risk factors that you cannot control. Chronic kidney disease has some uncontrollable factors, like gender and race. But, it also has risk factors that you can change—such as lifestyle behaviors. Understanding your risks may help you make healthier lifestyle choices.
Symptoms and warning signs of CKD
Chronic kidney disease is considered a silent disease because the symptoms are subtle. Although the warning signs are not obvious, being aware of them may help you have a more informed discussion with your doctor about chronic kidney disease.
Managing the complications of CKD
In the later stages of chronic kidney disease, as kidney function worsens, you may start experiencing complications due to a buildup of fluid and wastes in the body. Learn about some of the complications of chronic kidney disease and tips that may help.
Diagnosis of CKD
Knowledge is power, especially when faced with a disease like chronic kidney disease. Find out about the tests used to diagnose chronic kidney disease, and talk to your doctor about getting screened.
- 1.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National chronic kidney disease fact sheet 2014. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site. http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/pubs/pdf/kidney_factsheet.pdf. Accessed February 21, 2014.