Kidney Disease
Stages

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is divided into 5 stages based on the level of kidney function. Stages are determined through certain tests performed by your doctor, including a test used to calculate the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), which measures how well your kidneys are cleaning your blood. Kidney disease is a progressive disease, meaning that kidney function can continue to decline over time, eventually resulting in kidney failure.

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.

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Chronic Kidney Disease Stage 3—Early Stage CKD

CKD Stage 3
Stage 3a: Kidney damage with mild to moderate loss of kidney function, eGFR of 45–59
Stage 3b: Kidney damage with moderate to severe loss of kidney function, eGFR of 30–44

Treatment goals: 
  • Evaluate your condition with your doctor and treat complications.
  • Slow the progression of CKD.
  • Maintain your best health and manage any underlying conditions, including diabetes or high blood pressure.
  • Modify your treatment for other conditions, per your doctor's instruction.

What you can do: 
  • See your doctor and discuss changes in your test results and any new or changing symptoms you may be experiencing.
  • Talk to your doctor about any medications or supplements you are taking, so you can avoid taking anything that may harm your kidneys.
  • Ask your doctor or nurse about lifestyle changes, including diet modifications, that may help.
  • Ask your doctor what steps to take if you have high blood pressure (hypertension), high blood sugar, high cholesterol or anemia (low blood iron).
  • Take a class about kidney disease and learn what to expect and how to take the best care of your kidneys.

Learn more about kidney disease stages.

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CHOOSE THE RIGHT TREATMENT FOR YOU 

Whether you’re getting ready for dialysis or want to switch to a different type of dialysis, our Treatment Decision Guide can help you decide what treatment option is best for you.
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