What I tell my patients about self-management. British Journal of Renal Medicine

Barnaby Hole, Fergus Caskey, John Weinman, Neil Turner, Sumira Riaz

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Abstract

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a
universally common health condition. One in
ten people may have CKD, with it affecting
one in two of those aged over 75 years in the
UK.1 The risk of developing kidney disease
increases with age and is linked to other
health conditions, such as heart disease,
diabetes mellitus, anaemia and hypertension
(high blood pressure). There are five stages
of kidney disease; doctors will measure your
estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR),
which is a measure of how much waste fluid
your kidneys are able to filter from the blood,
to determine your stage. In a minority of
cases, kidney disease can progress to endstage
renal disease, which may require renal
replacement therapy; for example dialysis or
a transplant. However, clinical research
shows that self-managing kidney disease
can improve overall health outcomes and
reduce progression of the disease.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)98
Number of pages100
JournalBritish Journal of Renal Medicine
Volume20
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jun 2015

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