Shine the spotlight this March and raise awareness about chronic kidney disease, a longstanding disease of the kidneys that leads to renal failure. Kidney disease develops when kidneys lose their ability to remove waste and maintain fluid and chemical balances in the body. The severity of CKD depends on how well the kidneys filter wastes from the blood. There are little to no signs of the condition, most people are not even aware that they have kidney disease until it reaches the later stages.
What can you do? Kidney disease can be found and treated early to prevent kidney failure. Simply check for kidney disease by getting a blood test that measures, BUN, creatinine, and glomerular filtration rate (GFR). Treatment of the underlying cause of kidney failure may return kidney function to normal. Lifelong efforts to control blood pressure and diabetes may be the best way to prevent chronic kidney disease and its progression to kidney failure.
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