Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is often referred to as the silent killer. It is the gradual loss of kidney function.
Those with CKD often go on to permanent kidney failure. The damage that results from chronic kidney disease cannot be reversed.
The two most common causes of kidney disease are diabetes and high blood pressure. If your family has a history of any kind of kidney problems, you may be at risk for kidney disease.
If your kidney function drops below 15 percent, you will need some form of kidney replacement therapy – either dialysis or a transplant – in order to live.
However, with proper intervention and education, kidney failure can sometimes be prevented or delayed by adjusting diet, medications or incorporating more physical activity into your lifestyle.
And, that’s where REACH Kidney Care comes into play.
If you have a doctor, great! You need to visit your doctor for annual check-ups.
If you don’t have a primary care (family) doctor, you need to find one.
Do you have insurance? If so, your insurance company may have a list of doctors on their website. (for example: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee has a doctor finder here)
If you don’t have insurance, you may want to explore the public health resources in your area. You can start exploring your options by clicking here.
You may think, “I don’t feel sick, so I don’t need to see a doctor.” However, how you feel is not always the most accurate indication of your health.
Did you know that Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a silent killer and often there are no symptoms or side effects until the kidneys fail?It’s true. So, schedule your health exam and know if you are at risk.
Discuss these things with your doctor:
Let your doctor know that you are interested in managing your risk for kidney disease.
You can ask your doctor to provide a referral to the Reach Kidney Care for individualized help with your kidney care needs.
Choose a location from the toolbar and download the referral form.
We encourage you to talk to your doctor first.
Then, know that we are available to help.
We understand that you may want to take the time to do a little research on your own.
Here are a few useful links to help you explore ways to maintain complete health:
Diabetes- visit the American Diabetes Association site.
High blood pressure- visit theAmerican Heart Association site.
Kidney Disease- there are several good resources: