Early detection improves outcome.

To many people, chronic kidney disease, or chronic kidney failure, as it’s sometimes known, sounds bad. It may conjure up thoughts of dialysis and kidney transplants.

But the truth is, chronic kidney disease (CKD) spans many different stages.  It’s only at the final stage, end stage kidney disease, that intensive treatment, such as dialysis or a transplant, is necessary.

In its initial stages, CKD doesn’t really cause any symptoms. Your kidneys, some of the most industrious organs in your body with plenty of work capacity, are able to function despite increasing damage.

Consequently, CKD often goes unnoticed initially. But it’s precisely at this phase that early detection and treatment can change the course of the disease.  By taking appropriate steps, you can protect your kidneys from further damage and prevent the disease from worsening to the point of kidney failure.

Source: Mayo Clinic Health Letter June 2015