Get answers to DNA’s most frequently asked questions.

Learn what you need to know about Dallas Nephrology Associates, nephrology and kidney care with answers to the questions we are most commonly asked. If you do not see your question answered here, please do not hesitate to give us a call at 877-654-3639.

Why am I being referred to DNA?

Tests conducted by your primary care provider indicate you may have a problem with your kidney function. Early referral to a nephrology specialist is important.

What is a nephrologist?

A nephrologist is a physician who specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and management of kidney disease, hypertension, and kidney stones. Some nephrologists also subspecialize in kidney transplant.  In addition to completing a residency in internal medicine, nephrologists must complete several years of additional training.

How is a nephrologist different from a urologist?

A nephrologist is a medical doctor who focuses on the treatment of diseases of the kidney.  A urologist is medical doctor who focuses on the treatment of the diseases of the urinary tract and prostate.

Symptoms of kidney disease, such as swelling, being tired and trouble concentrating, do not usually occur until the condition is far advanced.

What can I do to make my kidneys better?

The good news is that there are a lot of things you can do to reduce the risk of developing or worsening kidney disease. There are some ways you can help slow or diminish the loss of kidney function. You should:

  • Keep fit and active – exercise regularly
  • Maintain good control over your blood sugar levels
  • Monitor and control your blood pressure
  • Eat healthy and maintain a healthy weight (Visit our Nutrition Counseling page)
  • Maintain a healthy intake of water
  • Avoid excessive salt intake
  • Don’t smoke or drink too much alcohol
  • Do not take over-the-counter medications on a regular basis
  • Get your kidney function tested regularly

Does every patient with kidney disease go on dialysis?

There are more than 37 million Americans with some degree of kidney disease while approximately 700,000 require dialysis on a routine basis.  Not all patients diagnosed with kidney disease will require dialysis.

How can I learn more about kidney disease?

DNA offers Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) education classes at locations throughout the Metroplex. Patients and families are invited to attend. Additional information on kidney disease can be found on this website in our dedicated Chronic Kidney Disease section.

Have additional questions? Please do not hesitate to call Dallas Nephrology Associates at 877-654-3639, or reach out to us using our easy online contact form.