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Chronic Kidney Disease Causes

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) affects your body's ability to remove toxins and waste. If you've been diagnosed with the disease, you'll need to make a few lifestyle changes and visit your Los Angeles, CA, nephrologist, Dr. Victor Carabello, regularly.

Common causes of CKD

CKD occurs when your kidneys become damaged and can't remove waste products as efficiently as they once did. Diabetes and high blood pressure are the most common causes of CKD. In fact, these conditions cause two-thirds of CKD cases, according to The National Kidney Foundation.

In addition to diabetes and high blood pressure, chronic kidney disease causes can include:

Some people are more likely to get CKD than others. Your risk may be higher if you are over 65, have a family history of CKD, or are in one of these groups: Asian and Pacific Islanders, American Indians, Hispanic Americans, or African Americans.

CKD symptoms

During your visit to the Los Angeles, CA, nephrology office, your doctor will discuss chronic kidney disease symptoms with you. If you have CKD, you may experience:

Treating CKD

Treatment for CKD varies depending on the stage of the disease. No matter what the stage, your doctor may advise you to make a few changes in your life, such as:

Your nephrologist can prescribe medications that treat swelling, anemia, and other symptoms. If you have late-stage CKD, you may need dialysis or a kidney transplant.

Keep your chronic kidney disease under control with regular visits to Dr. Carabello. Call (323) 526-2880 to schedule an appointment at his Los Angeles, CA, office.

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