What is Kidney Disease?

Chronic Kidney Disease(CKD) signifies damage to one’s kidneys from any cause.  Kidney function is measured in ml/min or GFR(glomerular filtration rate).  Normal GFR is approximately 100ml/min, and when a person's GFR is less than 100ml/min he/she is considered to have kidney disease.   Prevention is our philosophy, and dialysis is a last resort in the treatment of kidney disease.


Common Causes of CKD

Diabetes is #1

Hypertension is #2

Lupus is #3 in some populations

HIV Associated Nephropathy is #3 in blacks age 20-64

Benign prostatic hypertrophy(Enlarged prostate)

Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections


Side effects of kidney disease:

Hypertension(elevated blood pressure)


High phosphorus levels

High potassium levels

Edema or swelling in the legs


Vitamin D deficiency          


Do I Have Kidney Disease?

YES, if you have....

  •  Creatinine > 1.5mg/dL
  •  Urine protein > 500mg
  •  Blood in urine
  •  Severe hypertension