Suppose you have conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes. In that case, you are at greater risk for kidney failure, meaning you can eventually require treatment like a kidney transplant or dialysis. Dialysis will remove the excess fluid from the body, helping to control blood pressure. Working with your doctor to control blood sugar and blood pressure may help keep your kidneys working longer.
Doctors use several kidney function tests to determine kidney health. Most people begin dialysis treatment with a GFR of <15, meaning they have lost about 85 to 90 percent of their kidney function. Early diagnosis of CKD and regular monitoring may help you keep your kidneys functioning for as long as possible and allow you and your doctor to plan for ESRD treatment when necessary.
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