CKD Chronic Kidney Disease

With the diagnosis of Polycystic Kidney Disease PKD we are also told that we have Chronic Kidney Disease or CKD. Chronic Kidney Disease is defined as a GFR of 59 and lower. Some have this test done as a creatinine clearance. Others get an iothalmate clearance.

If there are family members who do not wish to have MRI testing for PKD until they are in their 30's, some tests that can be done to check on kidney functioning are frequent blood pressure checks and a urine check to determine if there is protein or blood in the urine. If these are positive, with a family history of PKD, it is likely that one has inherited ADPKD. Blood pressure checks can be found for free at certain pharmacies, drug stores, and markets. Health fares offer urine checks for deeply discounted prices or sometimes even for free.

The sooner treatment is begun to lower blood pressure, better future health outcomes are predicted. 40% of individuals diagnosed with ADPKD never need dialysis or a transplant. ADPKD has been diagnosed as early as in utero and Caroli's often associated with Autosomal Reccesive Polycystic Kidney Disease has been seen in one case study associated with ADPKD, the dominant form.

Stages of Chronic Kidney Disease

Stage Kidney Functioning GFR
1 Slight Kidney Damage > 90
2 Mildly decreased 60-89
3 Moderately decreased 30-59
4 Severely decreased 15-29
5 Kidney failure < 15

Hormones Kidney Produce

  • Active form of vitamin D (calcitriol or 1,25 dihydroxy-vitamin D), which regulates absorption of calcium and phosphorus from foods, promoting formation of strong bone.
  • Erythropoietin (EPO), which stimulates the bone marrow to produce red blood cells.
  • Renin, which regulates blood volume and blood pressure.

    Some Helpful Links

    Food Analyzer

    GFR Calculator

    Kt/V Calculator
    Kt/V is a tool used by nephrologists to determine the adequacy of dialysis treatment. This calculator uses the Daugirdas II equation for Single Pool (spKt/V), the Leypoldt equation for Equilibrated Double Pool (eKt/V) and the Leypoldt equation for Standard (stdKt/V) calculations.

  • We are  sharing our experiences with PKD/PLD Diet, an adjunct diet envisioning it complementing a physician's prescribed medical therapy. Consider testing this with your doctor's prior knowledge, who can  adjust it according to your own uniqueness by adding it to your current  treatment.

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