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The first step to managing CKD

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is known as a “silent” condition, and 90% of people living with stage 3 CKD don’t know they have it1. A nephrologist, also known as a kidney doctor, is the most qualified doctor to help you manage your kidney health. Seeing a nephrologist and knowing your glomerular filtration rate (GFR)—a measurement of how well your kidneys are working—can help you monitor your kidney function and understand the steps to take at each stage.

Stages of CKD

  • eGFR 90 or higher

    Stage 1

    Mild kidney
    damage

  • eGFR 60-89

    Stage 2

    Mild loss of
    kidney function

  • eGFR 30-59

    Stage 3a & 3b

    Mild to severe loss
    of kidney function

  • eGFR 15-29

    Stage 4

    Severe loss of
    kidney function

  • eGFR less than 15

    Stage 5

    Kidney failure or
    close to failure


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How to manage kidney disease

There are specific steps you can take at every stage of CKD to help manage your health and feel your best.

Work closely with your kidney doctor

A nephrologist, also known as a kidney doctor, can help you slow the progression at any stage. Together, you can explore your options and develop a treatment plan that fits your lifestyle.

Maintain a healthy lifestyle

By eating well and managing other health conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease, you can stay your healthiest and feel your best.

Keep up with your medications

Taking medications and vitamins as prescribed can help you manage your overall health. All medications, including over-the-counter drugs and supplements, can have an impact on your kidneys.




Developing your CKD plan

Your doctor will work with you to develop a plan to manage your kidney disease, slow your progression, and reach your health goals. Depending on your CKD stage, your plan may include managing other health conditions, making healthy lifestyle choices, or learning about dialysis treatment options.

Who are Kidney Care Advocates?

Kidney Care Advocates (KCAs) are available to help you understand and navigate kidney disease after your diagnosis. They teach a free kidney health class—in person and virtually—to empower you with helpful information about kidney disease, treatment options, eating well, and more so you can continue to live the life you love while taking care of your kidneys.




Take a free kidney health class

Fresenius Kidney Care’s expert-led class can help you learn more about kidney disease, so you can feel more in charge of your health and thrive. Our classes are available online, by phone, or in person.


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