Early Stage: Learning

Learning about your kidneys and how they are affected by CKD is a good first step to taking control of your health and life. By understanding the anatomy and function of your kidneys you'll see how the diet, lifestyle and treatment routines your healthcare team will suggest will help support your kidneys. Hopefully, this will make it easier to incorporate these changes into everyday life, and appreciate why it's important for your healthcare team to carefully monitor your kidney function over time.

  • About Your Kidneys
  • Understanding how your kidneys work is the first step to taking control of your health.
  • The Stages of CKD
  • CKD has 5 stages, ranging from nearly normal kidney function to kidney failure.
  • Deeper Explanation of CKD
  • Learn how CKD can result from a number of causes, including diabetes and high blood pressure.
  • Monitoring Laboratory Tests
  • Understanding your kidney lab results is key to making the right choices and planning for the future.