You can live well with kidney disease
Understanding your kidney health and how your kidneys work is important to your overall health. If you’re diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD), know that you can still live the life you love. There are steps you can take to protect your kidneys, slow the progression of CKD, and feel your best. The KidneyCare:365 program offers education and support every step of the way, so you can be your healthiest.
Choosing a nephrologist
If you aren’t seeing a nephrologist yet, it's a good idea to find one. A nephrologist is an expert kidney doctor who specializes in treating kidney disease—and the only type of doctor specifically trained to manage CKD. Working with a nephrologist will help ensure you have the best care plan to protect your kidney health and keep your kidneys working as long as possible.
Understanding CKD stages
CKD is broken out into 5 stages, based on the level of kidney function. To determine your CKD stage, your doctor will do a blood test and some calculations, based on your unique personal factors. Once you know your CKD stage, you can learn more about what that means for your kidneys and what steps to take to protect your kidney health.
Eating well with CKD
What you eat and drink can have a direct impact on your kidney health—and how you’re feeling. When you're living with CKD, certain foods and beverages may affect your health more than they did before. Choosing fresh foods and making kidney-friendly meals can help. The good news is, there are lots of delicious choices and you can still enjoy the foods you love.