What is Chronic
Kidney Disease?

Learn the signs
90% of people with stage 3
CKD don’t know they have it.1

Understanding kidney disease

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a condition that occurs when your kidneys don’t work as well as they should to filter waste, toxins, and excess fluids from your body. With proper management, you may be able to slow the progression of CKD and preserve your remaining kidney function to live your best life with CKD and thrive.

What are the symptoms of kidney disease?

Did you know that almost 15% of all US adults have CKD? That’s nearly 37 million people.2 Take control of your health and get to know the signs and symptoms of CKD.

Know the signs of CKD

Symptoms of kidney disease develop slowly over time. Talk to your doctor immediately if you notice any of these potential CKD signs and symptoms:

Signs you

  • Puffiness around your eyes
  • Swelling in your hands, legs, or feet
  • Changes in urination

Signs you

  • Fatigue
  • Itching
  • Shortness of breath
  • Decreased appetite
  • Pain in the small of your back

Signs you
test for

  • Abnormal urine
  • High blood pressure
  • Abnormal levels of phosphorus, calcium, or vitamin D
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What are the risk factors?

Your age, weight, family history, overall health—even your ethnicity—may put you at greater risk for CKD. The sooner your doctor can confirm a CKD diagnosis, the earlier you can get started on a treatment plan that may help preserve kidney function and slow the progression of kidney disease. Don’t put off testing, especially if these risk factors apply to you.

Learn how to
get tested

Kidney function tests—or renal function tests—are simple and can be done in the comfort of your doctor’s office. There are 10 types of kidney function tests, including blood tests, urine tests, and imaging tests. Your doctor and care team can help you understand which tests are right for you.

When you get your test results you’ll know your eGFR and stage of kidney disease as well as the steps to take to feel your best.

Questions to ask your doctor

You can thrive with kidney disease, and we can help. When it comes to talking about the risks and signs of CKD, it may help to have a list of questions to ask to make sure you cover everything you want to discuss.

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