What is chronic kidney disease (CKD)?

Kidneys and CKD treatment

Learn more about the kidneys and the work they do, and how you can best manage your life with CKD. Plus, find CKD treatment tips for coping with your illness.

Get a glimpse of treatment and lifestyle modifications at different stages of CKD. You will also learn about dialysis and transplant, to compare and better understand the pros and cons of each option. The comparative chart and a self-assessment can be used to help you determine the kind of dialysis that could be right for you.

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What is CKD?

CKD is a condition where there is a gradual loss of kidney function over time.

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The stages of CKD

CKD can range from mild to very severe. The 5 stages of CKD describe the severity.

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How can I find out if I have CKD?

About 1 in 7 adults in the United States are estimated to have CKD, and most are undiagnosed. Talk with your healthcare provider to see if you have CKD.

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Self-care for kidney health

Reduce your risk of getting CKD or keep it from getting worse. Here is what you need to know about nutrition and exercise to practice self-care for kidney health.

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Race and kidney disease

It’s important to know the facts. CKD affects some ethnic groups in different ways. We have therefore dedicated resources to help those who are differently and more frequently affected.

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