Early detection can help prevent the progression from kidney disease to kidney failure.
More than 20 million Americans, one in nine adults, have chronic kidney failure.
Chronic kidney disease occurs when one suffers from gradual and usually permanent loss of kidney function over time. Loss of kidney function leads to widespread problems in the body. If you have kidney disease, talk to your doctor or nurse practitioner about the following:
- How will kidney disease affect daily life.
- How to quit smoking.
- How to change your diet.
- How well your kidneys are functioning.
- How to control your blood pressure.
- What medications you should avoid.