What are the Stages of Kidney Failure?

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Kidney disease is a chronic, progressive disease. It could be caused by other severe diseases that slowly lead to kidney damage. When functions of the kidneys are weakened, wastes begin to build up in your body and cause all kinds of symptoms. Therefore, it is important to identify your kidney failure stages. For example, your glomerular filtration rate (GFR) is the best indicator of how well your kidneys are working. 

Kidney failure stages, GFR and kidney damage 

Never forget how important our kidney is!

Most of all, many kidney specialists use a standard classification system to describe these common symptoms and stages. The following is a chart of the five stages of kidney failure. For your information, GFR is the rate at which the kidneys filter waste and relates to a patient’s “kidney function.” The lower your GFR is, the more damaged your kidneys are. 

Kidney failure stages, GFR and kidney damage 

What your GFR means.

Kidney failure stages: based on kidney damage and GFR

Stages of chronic kidney disease
StageDescriptionGFRWhat this means to you
1Kidney damage with normal or high GFR90 or above
  • Your doctor will try to find the cause of your kidney disease and begin treatment.
  • Manage other health problems, such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
  • See your doctor regularly to monitor your condition.
2Kidney damage with mildly low GFR60-89
  • Your doctor will estimate how quickly your disease is progressing.
  • Manage other health problems, such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
  • Continue regular monitoring.
3Kidney damage with moderately low GFR30-59
  • Your doctor will check you for complications, such as anemia and bone disease, and begin treatment if needed.
  • Continue monitoring.
4Kidney damage with severely low GFR15-29
  • Decide what type of treatment you want if kidney failure develops.
  • Continue treatment and monitoring.
5Kidney failureBelow 15
  • Start dialysis, have a kidney transplant, or choose palliative care.
  • Continue to see your doctor for treatment and testing.

Other ways to find out:

In addition to tracking your GFR, blood tests can show when substances in your blood are out of balance. If phosphorus or potassium levels start to climb, a blood test will prompt your health care provider to address these issues before they permanently affect your health.

Kidney failure stages, GFR and kidney damage 

When you have doubts about which stage you are in, you may want to consult your doctor to make sure. 

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I'm willing to help but, I need more information. What specific colon problems do you have?
Gluten intolerance is a major contributor to this kind of dysfunction, also use of statin drugs, and trauma or injury to lower back- kidney area- because the nerves that are involved in the renal system are also associated with the colon.  Lectins are also contributors to gastrointestinal functioning, this includes legumes, lentils do not contain lectins therefore are ok to consume.   Dr. David Perlmutter, MD,  Dr. William DavisMD, Dr. Joseph MercolaMD.   Seek a practitioner who has training in Integrative and Functional Medicine.  There are specific tests that will measure gliadens, The stool test is the gold standard for evaluation as it measures the amount of gliadens that the body is subjected to.