As with many other chronic illnesses, chronic kidney disease is measured in stages. These stages mark the progression at which the kidneys are losing function.
The stages of kidney disease are determined by a factor known as the glomerular filtration rate, or GFR. Your GFR value is determined by blood tests, specifically your creatinine levels, and other factors. This value is a measurement of your kidney function; therefore it helps to pinpoint which stage of kidney disease you are in.
As soon as you are diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, your doctors are going to recommend dietary changes. Depending on your stage of renal failure, these may be simple changes or very strict restrictions. This is because what you eat has a huge effect on your kidneys. Everything you eat, after all, ultimately gets filtered through your kidneys. As your kidneys lose function, it gets harder and harder for them to filter out waste and other excess material. Dietary restrictions are necessary to make it easier for your kidneys to do their job. [Read more…]