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What is chronic kidney disease (CKD)?

Chronic kidney disease includes conditions that damage our kidneys and reduce their ability to keep us healthy.

When kidney damage progresses, we can get high levels of "waste" in our blood, and this can make us feel ill.

Complications such as high blood pressure, anemia, weak bones, poor nutritional health, and nerve damage may occur. Also, kidney disease increases the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Early diagnosis and treatment often can keep chronic kidney disease stable and in check for a long time!

In cooperation with their nephrologist, these patients can organise their daily routine in a way which means that they do not miss out on anything in comparison with people who do not have a problem with their kidneys.

When kidney disease develops, it can eventually lead to severe kidney failure, which requires substitution treatment (haemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis or kidney transplant) to keep the patient alive.

There are three simple tests and these ALONE can detect CKD:

  • Measuring blood pressure for a few days
  • General urine analysis and
  • urine analysis for creatinine.

  Monday, January 8, 2018