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What is CKD?

CKD stands for chronic kidney disease.  This occurs when a person has experienced irreversible loss of kidney function.

What are the causes of kidney failure?

More than 30 million Americans have CKD. This is expected to increase over the next several years. However, only about 2% of those with CKD will need dialysis or transplant

How common is CKD?

More than 30 million Americans have CKD. This is expected to increase over the next several years. However, only about 2% of those with CKD will need dialysis or transplant.

Can CKD be prevented?

Not all causes of CKD can be prevented, however, taking care of your overall health will help protect your kidneys. This includes exercising regularly, controlling weight and blood pressure, not smoking and seeing your doctor regularly.

How do you know if you have CKD?

Most people do not have any complaints with renal failure. Only blood and urine test will reveal renal failure when the problem first start. Very late signs of kidney failure include nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath, swelling, poor appetite and fatigue.

What should I bring to my doctors visit?

You should have a complete list of your current medications (or your medication bottles), list of all allergies, and a list of your past medical problems. If you have a copy of previous labs please bring them too.

Do I need a referral to see the doctors at DHNA?

Yes, we accept patients by referral only. This way we will have a copy of recent labs and current medical problems.

What can I eat if I have CKD?

Your diet will need to be individually evaluated by your doctor. Common things to avoid when you have CKD is potassium rich foods like potatoes, tomatoes, fruit juices, and nuts. It is a good practice to avoid dark colored sodas such as Coke, Pepsi, Dr Pepper, Diet Coke, Diet Pepsi, and Diet Dr Pepper.

What puts you at risk for kidney disease?

Major risk factors for kidney disease include diabetes, high blood pressure, a family history of kidney disease, and being over the age of 60.

How can I control my high blood pressure?

High blood pressure often requires the use of medication to be controlled.  However, a diet low in sodium and regular exercise helps.  Other lifestyle factors that can help control high blood pressure include weight loss, adequate sleep, and no smoking.