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  • 1 in 3 U.S. Adults are at risk for Kidney Disease


    1 in 3 U.S. adults is at risk for kidney disease. 

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  • Albumin: An Important Marker for Kidney Patients!

    What is albumin?

    Albumin is a type of protein in your blood. If you are a dialysis patient, it is one of the key blood levels in your monthly labs. It is a general indication of a patient’s well-being. A good level is 4.0 gm/dl or higher.

    Albumin is a marker that is helpful to your doctor and dietitian when doing a monthly assessment of your nutrition and health status. Albumin levels are used as an indicator of how well you would fare if you became ill. In other words, an optimal albumin will help you to feel well and heal well.

    Albumin can be affected by a number of factors, such as:

    • Infection
    • Inflammation
    • A recent hospitalization
    • Shortened treatments
    • Catheter
    • Excess fluid gain in between treatments
    • Wounds, ulcers or legions
    • Digestive problems such as malabsorption, vomiting or diarrhea
    • High blood sugars
    • Smoking
    • Poor dental hygiene
       


  • Be #KidneyAware!

    What Stage Am I In?

    There are five stages of kidney disease. Your glomerular filtration rate (GFR)–considered by medical professionals to be the best measure of kidney function–lets kidney care experts figure out your stage of kidney disease. Understanding it can help you learn how to take control and slow the progression of your condition. Determining your GFR levels requires a simple blood test. Use this GFR Calculator tool to help you determine which stage of kidney disease you are in currently.

    What Your GFR Result Means

    Completely healthy kidney function is measured at a GFR of around 100, which means that the kidneys are working at 100 percent. Your kidney function is still considered normal if the GFR number is 90 or greater. If your GFR is 45, you know that your kidneys are working at approximately 45 percent of the normal rate.

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