There is some good news regarding kidney disease and that is early detection can help prevent it's progression.
What is chronic kidney disease?
Dr. Kevin McConnell, MJH Nephrologist, explains that chronic kidney disease is when one suffers from gradual and usually permanent loss of kidney function over time. This happens gradually over time, usually months to years. Chronic kidney disease is divided into five stages of increasing severity. Stage 5 chronic kidney failure is also referred to as end–stage renal disease, wherein there is total or near–total loss of kidney function and patients need dialysis or transplantation to stay alive.
What are the signs and symptoms of chronic kidney disease?
Symptoms vary greatly. Several different body systems may be affected. Notably, most patients have no decrease in urine output even with very advanced chronic kidney disease. Below are some of the signs or symptoms: