Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a condition that occurs when your kidneys don’t work as well as they should to filter waste and toxins from your blood and keep your body chemically balanced. Getting diagnosed with CKD can understandably raise many questions, so learn everything you can about your kidneys and your condition.
The goal of treating CKD is to best manage your health at every stage. Getting informed can help you take charge of your kidney health and keep your kidneys functioning as long as possible.
Top 10 things to know about CKD
What causes CKD?
There are many factors that can contribute to CKD—most commonly, diabetes and high blood pressure. But even people who’ve taken excellent care of their health can be at risk for CKD.
Are you at risk?
Symptoms of CKD don’t show up until the late stages, when irreversible damage is already done. Be proactive—early diagnosis is key! Get screened for CKD if you have any known risks factors like diabetes or high blood pressure.