Kidney Disease

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What is your stage of kidney

The 5 stages of kidney disease are shown below. Your doctor determines your stage of kidney disease based on the presence of kidney damage and your glomerular filtration rate (GFR), which is a measure of your level of kidney function. Your treatment is based on your stage of kidney disease. Speak to your doctor if you have any questions about your stage of kidney disease or your treatment.

Stage 1

Kidney damage (e.g., protein in
the urine) with normal GFR


Stage 2

Kidney damage with mild decrease in GFR

GFR 60 TO 89

Stage 3

Moderate decrease in GFR

GFR 30 TO 59

Stage 4

Severe reduction in GFR

GFR 15 TO 29

Stage 5

Kidney failure


** Your GFR number tells your doctor how much kidney function you have. As chronic kidney disease progresses, your GFR number decreases.

Dialysis or Transplant?

If your doctor said you may need dialysis or a kidney transplant soon, you are probably wondering how to decide on the best choice for you. Our Kidney Care booklet has general information to help you and your family make this decision. You should talk about the pros and cons of each treatment option with your family, and healthcare professionals. They will help you decide which treatment is best for you.

Download the free kidney care guide for more information.



Our support groups allow you to get in touch with others affected by kidney disease, giving you a chance to share tips, learn from others’ experiences and provide mutual support. Join today!


Is donating a kidney a complicated procedure? What is dialysis and why do patients need to do it? Knowing more about kidney disease takes you one step closer to understand how to improve your own health or help others.


Living with a kidney condition, waiting for a kidney transplant or enduring treatments and dialysis are still fairly unknown subjects for most people. A greater awareness is key to understand kidney disease and start changing lives.


Learn more about how your kidneys work, what they do and how to live a healthier life free of kidney disease. If you have a kidney condition, learn all the do’s and don’ts to get better and feel better.

Download the Kidney Care Guide

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