Chronic Kidney Disease Symptoms Stage 3 overview, treatment, and renal diet info you NEED to know
Episode 41: Chronic Kidney Disease Symptoms Stage 4 overview, treatment, and renal diet info you NEED to know. For those just diagnosed with CKD stage 3, this video gives an overview of how your kidney function is determined and then dives deeper into the common chronic kidney disease stage 3 symptoms you may experience. The CKD treatment outcomes highlight what the goals for treatment typically are for Stage 3. Your kidney diet (renal diet) is extremely important to slow down, stop, or reverse your kidney disease and I cover some of the common diet changes recommended with Chronic Kidney Disease Stage 3.
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A person with Chronic Kidney Disease Stage 3 (CKD) has moderate kidney damage. This stage is broken up into two: a decrease in glomerular filtration rate (GFR) for Stage 3A is 45-59 mL/min and a decrease in GFR for Stage 3B is 30-44 mL/min. As kidney function declines waste products can build up in the blood causing a condition known as “uremia.” In stage 3 a person is more likely to develop complications of kidney disease such as high blood pressure, anemia (a shortage of red blood cells) and early bone disease.
Symptoms of Chronic Kidney Disease Stage 3
Symptoms may start to become present in stage 3:
• Fluid retention, swelling (edema) of extremities and shortness of breath:
• Urination changes (foamy; dark orange, brown, tea-colored or red if it contains blood; and urinating more or less than normal)
• Kidney pain felt in their back
• Sleep problems due to muscle cramps or restless legs
Seeing a doctor when you have stage 3 CKD
As stage 3 progresses, a patient should see a nephrologist (a doctor who specializes in treating kidney disease). Nephrologists examine patients and perform lab tests so they can gather information about their condition to offer the best advice for treatment. The nephrologist’s goal is to help their patient keep their kidneys working as long as possible.
Meeting a dietitian when you have CKD stage 3
Someone in stage 3 may also be referred to a dietitian. Because the diet is such an important part of treatment, the dietitian will review a person’s lab work results and recommend a meal plan individualized for their needs. Eating a proper diet can help preserve kidney function and overall health.
Chronic Kidney Disease stage 3 diet
For CKD stage 3, a healthy diet is likely to consist of:
• Eating high-quality protein and potassium (if blood levels are above normal)
• Limiting phosphorus
• Lowering calcium consumption
• Cutting back carbohydrates for those with diabetes
• Decreasing saturated fats to help lower cholesterol
• Lowering sodium for people with high blood pressure or fluid retention by cutting out processed and pre-packaged foods
• Limiting calcium if blood levels are too high
• Taking water-soluble vitamins
More ways to manage Chronic Kidney Disease Stage 3
In addition to eating right and taking prescribed medicines, exercising regularly and not smoking are helpful to prolonging kidney health. Patients should talk to their doctors about an exercise plan. Doctors can also provide tips on how to stop smoking.
Get help when you have Chronic Kidney Disease Stage 3
There is no cure for kidney disease, but it may be possible to stop its progress or at least slow down the damage. In many cases, the correct treatment and lifestyle changes can help keep a person and their kidneys healthier longer.
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IMPORTANT: I AM NOT A DOCTOR. Patients should always be under the care of a physician and defer to their physician for any and all treatment decisions. This video is not meant to replace a physician’s advice, supervision, and counsel. No information in the video should be construed as medical advice. All medical decisions should be made by the patient and a qualified physician. This video is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE.
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