Points to remember
- Your kidneys are vital organs, keeping your blood clean and chemically balanced.
- The progression of kidney disease can be slowed, but it cannot be reversed.
- End-stage renal disease (ESRD) is the total loss of kidney function.
- Dialysis and transplantation can extend the lives of people with ESRD.
- Diabetes and high blood pressure are the two leading causes of kidney failure.
- You should see a nephrologist regularly if you have renal disease.
If you are in the early stages of renal disease, you may be
able to save your remaining renal function for many years by
- Controlling your blood sugar.
- Controlling your blood pressure.
- Following a low-protein diet.
- Maintaining healthy levels of cholesterol in your blood.
- Taking an ACE inhibitor if you have diabetes.
Adapted from National Institutes of Health, 3/00
Last reviewed March 2000 by
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