Kidney Disease Basics

Overview about Kidneys

Kidneys do a lot more than produce urine. These fist-sized, bean-shaped organs have a big responsibility in the body. Find out what they do and how they do their jobs.

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New to kidney disease?

If you are newly diagnosed with kidney disease, you may experience many difficult emotions. However, early stage kidney disease can be managed with medication, diet and lifestyle changes. By becoming proactive, learning about the disease and making healthy choices, you can help slow the progression of kidney disease.

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What to eat when you have kidney disease

Lower protein diets may help the kidneys because they won’t have to work so hard. Because healthy kidneys are responsible for eliminating potassium and phosphorus, as kidney function slows, these minerals may need to be reduced in the diet. Find out what to eat when you have kidney disease.

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Lifestyle choices for those with CKD

For people with chronic kidney disease, there are lifestyle choices regarding diet, exercise and smoking that may help prevent kidney disease from advancing to kidney failure. There are also changes that may occur in the body due to chronic kidney disease. Learn what to expect and what can be done to feel your best with chronic kidney disease.

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