What is Chronic Kidney Disease(CKD)

CKD has been a worldwide worrisome health problem in recent years. CKD is defined as either kidney damages or decreased GFR of less than 60 mL/min/1.73 m2 over 3 month

CKD can be categorized to 5 stages, ranging from nearly normal kidney function to renal failure, which denotes the total or near-total loss of your kidney function and requires dialysis or kidney transplant.

Chronic kidney failure, also known as chronic renal failure, chronic renal disease, or chronic kidney disease, is a slow progressive loss of kidney function over a period of several years. Eventually the patient has permanent kidney failure.Chronic kidney failure is much more common than people realize, and often goes undetected and undiagnosed until the disease is well advanced and kidney failure is fairly imminent. It is not unusual for people to realize they have chronic kidney failure only when their kidney function is down to 25% of normal.

Normal Kindy and CKD Kidney Image

Normal Kindy and CKD Kidney

As kidney failure advances and the organ’s function is seriously impaired, dangerous levels of waste and fluid can rapidly build up in the body. Treatment is aimed at stopping or slowing down the progression of the disease – this is usually done by controlling its underlying cause.

CKD Kidney Image

CKD Kidney

Chronic kidney disease includes conditions that damage your kidneys and decrease their ability to keep you healthy by doing the jobs listed. If kidney disease gets worse, wastes can build to high levels in your blood and make you feel sick. You may develop complications like high blood pressure, anemia (low blood count), weak bones, poor nutritional health and nerve damage. Also, kidney disease increases your risk of having heart and blood vessel disease. These problems may happen slowly over a long period of time. Chronic kidney disease may be caused by diabetes, high blood pressure and other disorders. Early detection and treatment can often keep chronic kidney disease from getting worse. When kidney disease progresses, it may eventually lead to kidney failure, which requires dialysis or a kidney transplant to maintain life.

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