- Understanding Chronic Kidney Disease
- Kidney Disease Stages
- What Is a Nephrologist?
- What to Expect with CKD
- Kidney Disease Management
- Managing Medications
- Understanding Acute Kidney Injury
- How Kidneys Work
- Take a FREE CLASS on Kidney Disease
- What do my lab values mean?
The results of your regular bloodwork help your doctor monitor your kidney health and calculate your estimate glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), which determines your CKD stage. Changes in your lab values may indicate a change in your kidney function.
- What should I expect next with CKD?
A stage 3 kidney disease diagnosis doesn't necessarily mean that your condition will progress to stage 4 or stage 5. With lifestyle changes and a treatment plan from your doctor, it's possible to slow the progression of CKD and preserve kidney function.
- Am I doing everything I can to slow CKD progression?
Your doctor may have additional guidance on what you can do to stay your healthiest, including eating well and managing your existing medications—especially if you are managing other health conditions like high blood pressure or diabetes. Looking after your overall health can help you protect your kidney health and feel your best.
Stage 3 kidney disease life expectancy
While there’s no cure for kidney disease and kidney damage can’t be reversed, taking healthy steps now can help you feel your best and slow the progression of CKD. Many people who are diagnosed with kidney disease in the early stages never progress to kidney failure. People who eventually experience kidney failure can live well for decades with treatments like a kidney transplant or dialysis.
TAKE A FREE KIDNEY CARE CLASS
Learn how to look after your kidney health and thrive—in a class that fits your life. Choose an educator-led or self-guided format.
WHY YOU NEED A KIDNEY DOCTOR
A nephrologist, also known as a kidney doctor, is the most qualified doctor to help you manage kidney disease. Ask your doctor for a referral to a nephrologist when your eGFR is between 30-44.