About chronic kidney disease.

At Dallas Nephrology Associates, we are dedicated to providing the most advanced, effective care for the treatment and management of kidney disease. According to the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, kidney disease:

  • Affects a large percentage of the U.S. population
  • Has left more than 660,000 Americans with kidney failure
  • Is responsible for almost 500,000 individuals being on dialysis care

So, what is chronic kidney disease (CKD)? What causes it? What are its different types? At DNA, we want you to know everything you need to know about CKD, because it is the first step in understanding your risks, what you can do about them, and how you can prevent, slow and manage kidney disease. Select from the list below to get informed and take ownership of your kidney health.

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  • What is CKD? – Chronic kidney disease is a condition characterized by the gradual loss of kidney function over time.
  • Stages of CKD – Chronic kidney disease has five distinct stages, each requiring specific healthcare needs up to and including medical management, specialty care, dialysis and organ transplant.
  • Hypertension – High blood pressure, because it can damage the tiny blood vessels in the kidneys’ filtration system, is one of the leading causes of CKD. Find out what you need to know.
  • Diabetes – Diabetes is another major cause of chronic kidney disease, as high levels of blood sugar also damage the millions of tiny blood vessels in the kidneys, thereby harming the kidneys’ ability to function properly.
  • Polycystic kidney disease – PKD is an inherited form of kidney disease characterized by the development of cysts in the kidneys, which will eventually lead to kidney failure.
  • Anemia – When the kidneys do not function correctly, they do not produce sufficient quantities of the hormone that regulates production of red blood cells which leads to anemia.

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For compassionate, state-of-the-art care for chronic kidney disease in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, call Dallas Nephrology Associates at 877-654-3639, or contact us via our convenient online form.