Chronic kidney disease (CKD) follows five stages determined by how well the organ is functioning. Stage 1 is the least severe, indicating only mild impairment. Stage 5 is complete kidney failure. Stage 3 is in the middle of these extremes, and people at this stage require careful care and monitoring to prevent progression.


1. Chronic Kidney Disease

The entire blood volume is filtered through the kidney every 30 minutes. These vital organs remove excess fluid, toxins, and waste, and play an important role in regulating electrolytes, maintaining blood pressure, supporting bone health, and stimulating red blood cell production. Because they have so many essential tasks, chronic kidney disease can lead to widespread problems in the body, and unfortunately, it is fairly common. More than one in seven American adults has CKD.

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