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What are the 5 Stages of Kidney Disease?

Understanding kidney disease and treatment options starts with knowing what stage you’re in.


Stages 1 & 2, GFR > 60
  • These early stages indicate slight damage to your kidneys and display few to no symptoms.
  • Manage your condition with a healthy diet and by regulating blood pressure and blood sugar.


Stage 3, GFR 30-59
  • You could have fatigue, urination changes, sleep problems and kidney pain.
  • Speak to your doctor about a kidney-friendly diet, healthy lifestyle changes, managing high blood pressure and medications that may help.


Stage 4, GFR 15-29
  • Symptoms could include fatigue, back pain, nausea, taste changes and difficultly sleeping.
  • See a kidney doctor to explore treatment options and to manage complications such as anemia and cardiovascular disease.

End Stage Renal Disease

ESRD, Stage 5, GFR < 15
  • You may experience nausea, loss of appetite, itching, swelling and making little or no urine.
  • It’s time to consider treatment options such as dialysis and kidney transplant.

Are you in Stage 3, 4 or 5?

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