How Quickly Will My Chronic Kidney Disease Progress To Dialysis?

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Progression To The Next Stage Of Kidney Disease

One of the most common, if not the most common question, that I see over the Internet is people asking about how quickly their chronic kidney disease will develop into dialysis?

The truth of the matter is your doctor would have to tell you that for sure. And they’re not really even sure how quickly it will progress with absolute certainty.

The Way To Slow The Progression Of Non Dialysis Chronic Kidney Disease

The main goals of treating chronic kidney disease are to slow the progression of the disease and to prevent any complications from heart disease or diabetes. When you have kidney disease, you’re at greater risk of dying from a heart attack.

So your doctor needs to do the things that will help you prevent both further damage to your kidneys and cardiovascular disease.

The goals your doctor should have for you are to keep your blood pressure below 130/80 mm Hg and hemoglobin A-1 C below 7.5% in a person with diabetes.  Many doctors use ACE inhibitors and ARB’s to preserve your renal function and prevent or reduce proteinuria. Your doctor should be carefully looking at your electrolytes in your blood and any other anemia or malnutrition and that you might have.

When you get to stage III kidney disease which is defined as a eGFR of 30 – 59 mL/minute, it’s highly recommended that you start working with a nephrologist. (A specialist in kidney disease).

Working with a nephrologist not only helps you prepare better for dialysis, but in many cases can slow the progression of disease through their specialized knowledge and use of medication.

How To Predict How Quickly Your Chronic Kidney Disease Will Progress to Hemodialysis?

One of the things they will look at to determine how quickly your kidney disease will progress is the amount of protein in your urine. It has been proven that people who have a higher amount of albuminuria or proteinuria have a higher risk of progressing to the next stage of kidney disease faster. The additional population of protein in the urine is not official, although there are some charts that show the risk scale related to the amount of protein in your urine.

The important thing to remember is that you don’t have to just let your kidney disease get worse. If you have nondialysis kidney disease, or pre-dialysis kidney disease, and you just found out one of the most important things you can do is to read more about your options. I’ve written a book that takes you through the stages of living with chronic kidney disease as a person that’s pre-dialysis and it’s available on Amazon either through paperback or Kindle.

Click here to look at my books on Chronic Kidney Disease

Follow The Correct Meal Plan To Stop The Progression Of Kidney Disease

Dialysis can be a very scary endpoint to look forward to and I completely understand your desire to prevent placement on dialysis. Regardless of how much protein you have in your urine or what stage of kidney disease you are in, as long as it’s predialysis, you can slow the progression through the implementation of a healthy diet.

If you’re in stages one or two of pre-dialysis kidney disease, you should work hard to control your blood pressure, diabetes, and any sort of heart disease that you have. If you need meal plans to help you prepare nutritious yet delicious meals, you can check out our meal planning program on

If you’ve progressed to stages three or four of predialysis kidney disease, you should look into our meal plans that we have on the website to help you manage the low-protein and diabetes meal plan that you need to also have nutritious and delicious meals.

Click Here To Get Diabetic and Cardiac Diet Meal Plans

Click Here To Get Renal Diet Meal Plans for Pre-Dialysis or Hemodialysis Kidney Disease

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  1. Mike Jones says

    Thanks for the info, I have advanced cirrhosis and by luck my hand doctor had blood work done and report said kidney failure, I am a little nervous

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