Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) affects millions of people globally. It's a complex condition, but understanding it doesn't have to be. At Guthrie Nephrology, we're here to provide clear and concise information to help you manage CKD effectively.

What is Chronic Kidney Disease?

In simple terms, Chronic Kidney Disease is a gradual loss of kidney function. Your kidneys play a crucial role in filtering waste and excess fluids from your blood. When these organs are damaged, they can't perform their job effectively. This leads to an accumulation of waste products in your body.

Recognizing the Symptoms

CKD often develops slowly, with symptoms not appearing until the disease has significantly progressed. Keep an eye out for the following symptoms:

  • Feeling fatigued or weak
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Reduced appetite
  • Swelling of feet and ankles
  • Persistent itching

Experiencing any of these symptoms? We recommend scheduling an appointment with one of our nephrologists at your earliest convenience. Call 866-GUTHRIE (866-488-4743) today. 

Causes and Risk Factors 

The two main causes of CKD are diabetes and high blood pressure. Both can damage the kidneys over time. Other risk factors include heart disease, obesity, a family history of kidney disease, and being over 60 years old. 

Managing and Treating Chronic Kidney Disease 

While CKD is a progressive disease, early detection and treatment can slow its advancement. Treatment strategies may include medication, lifestyle changes, dialysis, or kidney transplant. 

At Guthrie, our team of nephrologists works closely with you to develop a personalized treatment plan to manage your kidney health. Interested in learning more about our comprehensive renal care services? We encourage you to reach out to us. 

While Chronic Kidney Disease is a serious condition, it's not insurmountable. By understanding the symptoms and risk factors, you can take proactive steps towards early detection and treatment. Remember, at Guthrie Nephrology, your health is our top priority. We're here to guide you every step of the way. 

Call 866-GUTHRIE (866-488-4743) today to make an appointment. 

Guthrie Nephrology treats adults with kidney disease. For patients requiring dialysis, Guthrie is the only service in the Twin Tiers region to provide the convenience and flexibility of a home-based dialysis program.