Treatments for Kidney Disease

Treatments for Kidney Disease

There’s no cure for kidney disease , but treatment can help relieve the symptoms and stop it getting worse.

Your treatment will depend on how severe your kidney disease is.

The main treatments are:

  • lifestyle changes to ensure you remain as healthy as possible
  • medication to control associated problems such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol
  • dialysis – treatment to replicate some of the kidney’s functions; this may be necessary in advanced kidney disease
  • kidney transplant – this may also be necessary in advanced kidney disease

You’ll also be advised to have regular check-ups to monitor your condition.

Read more about how CKD is treated and living with kidney disease.

Outlook for kidney disease

kidney disease can range from a mild condition with no or few symptoms, to a very serious condition where the kidneys stop working, sometimes called kidney failure.

Most people with kidney disease will be able to control their condition with medication and regular check-ups. kidney disease only progresses to kidney failure in around 1 in 50 people with the condition.

But if you have kidney disease, even if it’s mild, you’re at an increased risk of developing other serious problems, such as cardiovascular disease. This is a group of conditions affecting the heart and blood vessels, which includes heart attacks and strokes.

Cardiovascular disease is one of the main causes of death in people with kidney disease, although healthy lifestyle changes and medication can help reduce your risk of developing it.


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