WHERE TO BEGIN?

Visit your doctor regularly. If your doctor finds you are at risk for kidney disease or are showing signs of kidney disease, he or she will take several steps to improve your health. You will have a common goal: to slow progression of the disease and to delay dialysis. First, your doctor will want to determine the cause and whether the cause is reversible or not. If the cause is an underlying condition like diabetes or hypertension, your doctor will assist you in trying to control this condition. Lifestyle and diet changes may also be initiated. Dieticians play a significant role in helping patients delay kidney failure. This kind of intervention, however, may be effective only if the signs of kidney disease are diagnosed early.