Stage 1 CKD means you have mild kidney damage and an eGFR of 90 or greater.

Most of the time, an eGFR of 90 or greater means your kidneys are healthy and working well, but you have other signs of kidney damage. Signs of kidney damage could be protein in your urine (pee) or physical damage to your kidneys. Here are some ways to help slow down the damage to your kidneys in Stage 1 kidney disease:

  • Control your blood sugar if you have diabetes
  • Control your blood pressure
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Do not smoke or use tobacco
  • Be active 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week
  • Stay at a healthy weight
  • Ask your doctor if there are medicines you can take to help protect your kidneys
  • Make an appointment to see a nephrologist (kidney doctor) even if you already have a general doctor