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Additional websites for kidney disease education are:

National Kidney Disease Education Program:

National Kidney Foundation Education:

DaVita Dialysis Kidney Education:

Kidney School:

American Association of Kidney Patients:

Oakwood Kidney Institute:

The Stages of Chronic Kidney Disease:

Stage I: Kidney Damage w/normal kidney function.              GFR = > 90

Stage II: Kidney damage & mild loss of kidney function.      GFR = 60-89

Stage III: Moderate loss of kidney function.                            GFR = 30-59

Stage IV: Sever loss of kidney function.                                    GFR = 15-29

Stage V: Kidney Failure (ESRD)                                                   GFR = < 15

Knowledge is power!

  • Know your Kidney Function or your GFR (Glomerular Filtration Rate)!!

  • It determines the functional status of your kidneys

Important Facts about Kidney Disease:

  • 13 out of 100 patients have some level of kidney disease

  • Kidney Disease produces no discomfort in the majority of patients until it reaches a late stage, hence the name "silent killer"

  • ​Blood and urine testing complemented with a kidney ultrasound will detect kidney disease early

  • Your kidneys filter the whole blood in the body 60 times a day to remove the excess water and poisons through the urine

  • Even mild damage to the kidneys increases the risk for heart attacks and strokes

  • Patients with decreased kidney function should be on a low sodium, low protein, low potassium & low phosphorus diet

  • Patients should avoid the use of pain killers, non-steriodal and anti-inflammatory medications, such as Ibuprofen and Naproxen

  • Don't start smoking or QUIT SMOKING! Smoking is dangerous to your kidneys too!

  • Monitoring your blood pressure and blood sugar and maintaining them within normal limits is essential

  • Get regular exercise and maintain your ideal weight!  It keeps your kidneys healthy too!

Early Detection is the Key!

Some symptoms are:

  • Presence of protein or albumin in the urine
  • Swelling of the legs, ankles, feet, face and/or hands
  • Changes in urination, very light or very dark in color, bubbly or foamy urine
  • Fatigue
  • A metallic taste in the mouth or ammonia breath
  • Skin rash or itching
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Feeling cold
  • Dizziness and trouble concentrating
  • Leg or Flank pain

High Risk Factors:

  • Diabetes Mellitus

  • High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

  • High Cholesterol (Hyperlipidemia)

  • Certain chemicals, medications and herbal supplements

  • Family history of Kidney Disease

  • History of Kidney Infections and Kidney Stones

  • ​African Americans, Hispanics, Pacific Islanders, Native Americans and Seniors are at increased risk

  • Severe Infections

Let's Work Together to Prevent Kidney Failure

The Silent Killer

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