While there is typically no cure for CKD, there are treatments that can help. Getting tested is important—with early diagnosis and treatment, you may be able to slow progression and keep your kidneys working.
Chronic Kidney Disease Stage 1—Early Stage CKD
- Manage any underlying conditions, including diabetes or high blood pressure.
- Get treatment for existing medical conditions.
- Reduce the risk of complications.
- See your doctor about a kidney disease screening blood test and address any other health issues. Most symptoms of CKD don't show up until later stages, if at all, so testing is important.
- Learn all you can about chronic kidney disease—and consider taking a class.
- Make healthy lifestyle choices—quit smoking, exercise, eat well, reduce stress and get enough sleep.
- Take all medications exactly as prescribed.
- Talk to your doctor before using over-the-counter medications.
- Check out additional resources for CKD information.
- Get support from your family, friends, doctor and your counselor, if you have one.