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LIVING WITH CKD

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TREATMENT AND WHAT TO EXPECT

Late stages of CKD (generally stage 3 and onwards), require more intensive treatments including dialysis, kidney transplant, and dietary changes. The brief descriptions below explain each of these components of living with CKD. Be sure to talk with your healthcare provider about your specific treatment needs and what other lifestyle changes you should expect.

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Dialysis

Dialysis is usually needed needed for individuals with end-stage kidney failure, generally signaled by a GFR below 15. Dialysis helps to replicate the function of the kidneys, filtering blood and removing wastes and toxins that accumulate daily.


Although dialysis is not a permanent solution for CKD, it does extend life expectancy for 5-10 years, with some patients living relatively normal lives for 20-30 years.

Kidney Transplant

Patients undergoing dialysis generally are placed on a waiting list for a kidney transplant. Kidney transplants are considered the most optimal treatment for CKD patients.

The prospects of undergoing a transplant surgery may seem daunting, but kidney transplants are considered very safe, with success rates of approximately 95% 1 year after transplant and 80% 5 years after transplant.

CKD-Specific Diets

Diet is an incredibly important of life with CKD. It is generally advisable to reduce excess vitamin and mineral intake, which can often mean cutting back on foods that normally seem healthy, such as bananas, avocados, and whole grain bread.

Since individual diets vary greatly, it is strongly advised that you speak with your physician to determine the right plan and appropriate next steps for you.

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MORE INFORMATION

For more information on topics ranging from palliative and supportive care, CKD peer mentoring and communities, quality of life, and more, click on the "Learn More" button below.

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