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Kidney disease affects millions of people. And the numbers suggest that a personalized solution is needed.
are at risk for chronic kidney disease1
of those with severely reduced kidney function and not on dialysis are not aware they even have chronic kidney disease2
of those with advanced chronic kidney disease also have at least one other chronic condition3
of new end-stage renal disease cases received little to no previous care4
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Your kidneys filter waste and excess fluids from your blood, which normally come out in your urine. But if your kidneys lose their function, you can end up with unhealthy levels of fluid and waste in your body.
There are usually no symptoms of kidney disease until your kidneys are badly damaged. Making kidney-conscious lifestyle choices can help delay the last stage, which is called end-stage renal disease. At that time, you have to have a kidney transplant or be on dialysis to stay alive.
There are several options available to treat kidney disease. And everyone is unique. So it’s important to talk to your doctor and care team. They’ll explain your choices and help decide what’s right for you.
For most people, getting a kidney transplant is the optimal treatment choice. A transplant requires a donor kidney, which replaces the damaged kidney and restores natural kidney function.
If a transplant isn’t an option for you, there are two types of dialysis to consider:
There’s evidence to show that more people are good candidates for home dialysis that are currently using this modality.5
Get helpful information about kidney disease, organ donation and transplants from the National Kidney Foundation (NKF).
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1United States Renal Data System. 2018 USRDS annual data report: Epidemiology of kidney disease in the United States. National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Accessed January 9, 2020. (2018 USRDS reports on 2016 data.)
2Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Chronic kidney disease basics. December 12, 2019. Accessed January 10, 2020.
3Coyne DW. CKD Medscape CME Expert Column Series: Issue 3 — Management of Chronic Kidney Disease Comorbidities. Medscape, LLC. Accessed January 9, 2020.
4United States Renal Data System. 2019 USRDS annual data report: Epidemiology of kidney disease in the United States. National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Accessed January 9, 2020.
(2019 USRDS reports on 2017 data.)
5Hajj JJ, Laudanski K. Home hemodialysis (HHD) treatment as an effective yet underutilized treatment modality in the United States. MDPI. Healthcare 2017, 5(4): 90. Accessed January 9, 2020.
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