Know how to keep your kidney disease from getting worse

If you have kidney disease caused by diabetes or high blood pressure, the special moments in your life are still possible if you Know Your Kidneys. There are steps you can take to manage your kidney disease and keep your kidneys from failing. Eating the right foods, taking your medicine as directed, and working with your doctor can keep your kidney disease from getting worse.

Know how to slow down kidney disease if you have diabetes or high blood pressure

If your kidney disease was caused by diabetes or high blood pressure, you are not alone. Diabetes and high blood pressure are the most common causes of kidney disease. Kidney disease is very serious because it can lead to kidney failure and the need for dialysis or a transplant. Kidney disease can also cause heart attack, stroke and death.

But the good news is, there are actions and medicines you can take that keep your blood pressure and diabetes under control. When you keep your blood pressure and diabetes under control, you are also helping to keep your kidneys from getting worse. That means it may be possible for you to keep your kidneys working longer and avoid the need for dialysis or a transplant.

Talk to your doctor today about prevention and treatment.

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Know what progression of kidney disease means

Progression is the term used to describe kidney disease moving into higher stage numbers as it gets worse. The higher the number, the worse the damage and the less your kidneys work. In kidney disease, progression is not a good thing, because it only refers to kidney disease getting worse.

Your doctor will often talk to you about slowing down the progression of your kidney disease.

Know the stages of kidney disease

There are 5 stages of kidney disease. Each stage refers to how much damage there is to the kidneys and how well they are working at getting rid of the waste and extra fluid from your blood.

Damage ranges from very mild damage in Stage 1 to complete kidney failure in Stage 5. Stage 5 means you have kidney failure and you will need to go on dialysis or get a transplant to live. Kidney failure is also known as end stage renal disease or ESRD.

Know how well your kidneys are working

To know how well your kidneys are working, you will need a basic blood test and a urine test from your doctor. The urine and blood tests tell your doctor how well your kidneys are working and the stage of your kidney disease. Ask your doctor how often you need to get your kidneys tested.

Know about treatments for kidney disease with diabetes

There are new medicines that can help slow down and prevent kidney failure for people who have diabetes. Know your possibilities about treatment – talk to your doctor to help you decide which treatment is best for you.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for kidney disease. If your kidneys fail, the only treatment is dialysis or a transplant. A transplant is not a cure for kidney failure, but it is a treatment.

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