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Points to remember

June 10, 2008 - 7:30am
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Points to remember

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  • 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 ]]>EBSCO Publishing Editorial Staff]]>

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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