What does stage 3 kidney disease mean

What is chronic kidney disease like?

Chronic kidney disease is divided into five stages:

  • Stage 1: Urine tests may show signs of kidney damage. However, healthy areas of the kidneys ensure that they still function normally overall.
  • Stage 2: In addition to kidney damage, kidney function is also slightly impaired. Most of the time, however, no symptoms are noticeable.
  • Stage 3: The kidney function is moderately impaired.
  • Stage 4: The kidney function is severely impaired. Consequences such as itching, acidosis or bone pain can already occur.
  • Stage 5: Terminal kidney failure: The kidneys can no longer clean the blood adequately - pronounced uremia often occurs. Dialysis or a donor kidney are necessary to replace the kidney function.

The health consequences of chronic kidney disease also depend on the other state of health. That is why doctors are also investigating what could accelerate the progression - such as heart disease, poorly controlled high blood pressure or diabetes mellitus.

This is important in order to adapt the drug therapy individually - or to plan further steps well in advance: For example, if you have a high risk of your kidneys failing in the foreseeable future, you can discuss with your doctor in good time which treatment is best for you would be the best. Closer check-ups may also be necessary.