Chronic Kidney Disease
“Kidney disease” isn’t a single disease, but rather a group of diseases and disorders that affect the kidneys in various ways.
While these conditions have different root causes, symptoms, and treatments, they all interfere with the kidneys’ ability to perform their basic functions, including removing waste from your blood, keeping a balance of minerals and water in your blood, and helping your body manage your blood pressure.
Common Kidney Diseases
Chronic Renal Disease
Chronic renal (kidney) disease – also called chronic renal failure – causes you to gradually lose your kidney function over time. Treatment for chronic renal disease is focused on slowing the progression of kidney damage, usually by targeting the underlying cause. Diabetes and high blood pressure are the most common contributors to chronic renal disease.
When the chronic renal disease reaches an advanced stage, it’s called end-stage renal disease, and it means that dangerous levels of waste, fluid, and electrolytes have built up in your body, making kidney treatment essential to your survival. Treating end-stage renal disease typically means either dialysis or a kidney transplant.