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? You may wonder how long does kidney disease take to progress, or does CKD always progress to kidney disease?
The truth of the matter is your doctor would have to tell you for sure. And they’re not really even sure how quickly it will progress with absolute certainty. Wondering how long does CKD take to progress to full on kidney failure is something that most people struggle with. Once you are diagnosed with kidney failure, how long does stage 3 kidney disease last? How long can you stay in stage 3 kidney disease? I want you to know that with proper diet and following your medications, making you diabetes under better control and controlling blood pressure, you will be able to delay the onset of dialysis.
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. These are things you should be concerned with when asking yourself, “how fast does kidney disease progress”?
When you get to stage III kidney disease which is defined as an 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.
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 for Free 7 Day Meal Plan. Stage 1 kidney disease diet is really just eating more fruits and vegetables as well as less sodium and managing your weight.
If you’ve progressed to stages three (commonly called stage iii kidney disease, or CKD iiib) or four of predialysis kidney disease, you should look into our meal plans that we have on the renaldietHQ.com website to help you manage the low-protein and diabetes meal plan that you need to also have nutritious and delicious meals. Your stage is often affected by many things and you can be in chronic kidney disease stage IIIB which is a little higher priority and a little sicker than the diet for CKD Stage 1. Stage III kidney failure means you really need to start working to control protein and sodium in your diet in addition to making it a priority to control diabetes and blood pressure.
You might be wondering what stage of CKD is dialysis started? How long does stage 4 kidney disease last? The truth is that it’s not clear because you can do many things to control and knowing how to stop kidney disease progression can involve a few different doctors and steps in the process. Dialysis is started when you typically have 15% or less kidney function or ESRD or stage 5. At the point of dialysis, you can have a less restrictive diet for protein but you will find many other things restricted to the renal diets for humans. You might ask, how many stages are there to chronic kidney disease? There are 5, and in stage 5 you are moving to ESRD, end stage renal disease and will be preparing for dialysis.
Also published on Medium.