CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE
A person with stage 2 chronic kidney disease (CKD) has kidney damage with a mild decrease in their glomerular filtration rate (GFR) of 60-89 ml/min.
Like in stage 1 there are usually no symptoms to indicate the kidneys are damaged. If they do find out they’re in stage 2, it’s usually because they were being tested for another condition such as diabetes or high blood pressure, which are the two leading causes of kidney disease.
Though there is no cure for kidney disease, however, it may be possible to stop its progress or at least slow down the damage. For many people, with the correct course of treatment, and lifestyle changes, along with a positive outlook can help keep a person and their kidneys healthier, longer!
Stage 2 Kidney Disease Symptoms
- Blood or protein in the urine
- Higher than normal levels of creatinine or urea in the blood
- Evidence of kidney damage in an CT scan, MRI, ultrasound or contrast X-ray
- A family history of polycystic kidney disease (PKD)
Treating & Testing at Stage 2
Regular testing for protein in the urine and serum creatinine can show whether the kidney damage is progressing. Living a healthy lifestyle can help slow progression of kidney disease which includes eating a well rounded and healthy diet.
EATING A HEALTHY DIET AT STAGE 2
- Include a variety of grains (especially whole grains)
- Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables
- Choose a diet that is low in saturated fat and cholesterol and moderate in total fats
- Limit intake of refined and processed foods high in sugar
- Consume adequate calories
Blood Pressure: ✓
It is also recommended that people in stage 2 CKD:
Keep their blood pressure at a healthy level.
- 125/75 for those with diabetes
- 130/85 for non-diabetics and non-proteinuria
- 125/75 for non-diabetes with proteinuria
In addition to: