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 About Chronic Kidney Disease
Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is an irreversible loss of kidney function that can lead to end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and kidney failure. Those with kidney failure require dialysis or kidney transplantation. As CKD progresses, wastes build up to high levels in your blood and make you feel sick. Complications from CKD include high blood pressure, anemia, weak bones, poor nutritional health and nerve damage. In addition, CKD increase your risk of developing heart and blood vessel disease.
Right now, one in nine American Adults, more than 26 millions people, have Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Only 10% are aware they have the disease. Simple blood and urine tests can provide you with your GFR score and can help identify the level at which your kidneys are functioning and potentially slow the progression of kidney disease.
While CKD can be silent in the early stages, some common warning signs and symptoms you should be aware of include:
  • Less energy, feeling tired
  • Pain in the small of your back, just below the ribs (not aggravated by movement)
  • Nausea, vomiting, discoloration of urine
  • Burning or difficulty during urination
  • Painful muscle and leg cramps
  • Swollen feet and ankles
  • Lack of appetite
  • Dry, itchy skin
  • Puffiness around the eyes, especially in the morning
  • The need to urinate more often, especially at night
Recent research indicates that progression of Chronic Kidney Disease can be delayed if it is diagnosed early enough and properly treated. Please consult your physician if you have one or more of these early warning signs. The three simple tests for detecting CKD include checking for the following:
  • Creatinine in the blood
  • Protein in the urine
  • High blood pressure
To learn more about CKD risk factors, prevention and treatment, visit You may also sign up for a free kidney screening provided by the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona's Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP) by clicking here.