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Choosing your treatment

Depending on the stage of your kidney disease, there are treatments and steps you can take to improve your kidney health and overall quality of life.

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Although being diagnosed with chronic kidney disease can be overwhelming and scary, there are treatment options available that can help you improve your quality of life and kidney health. Because kidney disease is progressive and occurs in stages, you can take steps to slow down or halt the progression of the damage to your kidneys. With the right planning and support, you can still have a good quality of life.

There are five stages of kidney disease. Your treatment options will depend on what stage your kidney disease is at.

  • Early stages (1-2). During these early stages, most people feel normal. It's important to talk to your doctor before you take any new medicines, even natural or herbal ones, as they may have an impact on your kidney health.
  • Middle stages (3-4). It's more common for people to discover they have chronic kidney disease in these stages, as they often begin to feel unwell. They may also notice a change in how often they urinate, and a raise in blood pressure.
  • Later stages/kidney failure (4-5). Sometimes, even with management and treatment, kidney disease becomes kidney failure. People in this stage will need dialysis or an organ transplant. They can also opt to enter comprehensive conservative care.

Treatment options