Stage 3 CKD means you have an eGFR between 30 and 59.

An eGFR between 30 and 59 means that there is some damage to your kidneys and they are not working as well as they should. 

Stage 3 is separated into two stages: 

  • Stage 3a means you have an eGFR between 45 and 59
  • Stage 3b means you have an eGFR between 30 and 44

Many people with Stage 3 kidney disease do not have any symptoms. But if there are symptoms, there may be:

  • Swelling in your hands and feet
  • Back pain
  • Urinating (peeing) more or less than normal

At this stage, you are also more likely to have health complications as waste builds up in your body and your kidneys are not working well, such as:

To keep your Stage 3 kidney disease from getting worse, you can:

  • Control your blood sugar if you have diabetes
  • Control your blood pressure 
  • Do not smoke or use tobacco
  • Eat a healthy diet 
  • Be active 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week
  • Stay at a healthy weight
  • Visit a nephrologist (kidney doctor), who will make a treatment plan that is right for you and tell you how often you will need to have your kidneys checked
  • Meet with a dietitian, who will help you follow a healthy diet 
  • Ask your doctor about blood pressure medicines called ACE inhibitors and ARBs if you have diabetes or high blood pressure. Sometimes, these medicines can help keep kidney disease from getting worse