Understanding My Disease

You CAN live a happy, healthy life with Chronic Kidney Disease or CKD

About 15% of people in the U.S. - over 35 million - have chronic kidney disease (CKD).1

Many people do not know it! The only way to know for sure is to be tested.

CKD develops over time and usually results when the kidneys have been damaged due to health problems, most often, diabetes (types 1 and 2) and high blood pressure. There are other causes as well. If you have CKD, ask your doctor the cause and find ways to treat it.

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The truth is you do have options! Education, like our CKD stage 4 workshops, is key to better health and quality of life.

When the kidneys are damaged, they don’t filter waste and excess fluid out of the blood as they should. They also won’t perform other key functions that keep the body healthy. As CKD becomes severe, kidney dialysis or transplant may be needed to live.

 

CKD is also likely to get worse if you don’t take steps to slow or stall the disease. Many people think there’s nothing they can do after a CKD diagnosis. The truth is you do have options! Education, like our CKD stage 4 workshops, is key to better health and quality of life.

1 Chronic Kidney Disease in the United States, 2019. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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