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.
Chronic Kidney Disease Stage 3—Early Stage CKD
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
- 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.
TREATMENT: PLANNING AHEAD FOR THE FUTURE
When you start to consider treatment for stage 5 CKD, also known as end stage renal disease (ESRD), it's important to know that you have choices. Talk to your doctor and your family about which treatment will best fit your life—so you can thrive.LEARN ABOUT TREATMENT OPTIONS TO CONSIDER