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How Long Does It Take from Stage 3 Kidney Disease to Dialysis

2013-02-15 14:38

Q: I am in stage 3 kidney disease. I would like to know how long it generally takes to fall from stage 3 kidney disease to dialysis.

A: You should be clear about your present renal function. Generally, dialysis is needed when renal function declines to 10% of normal. If you do not have no serious medical issues, you can delay dialysis. On the contrary, some complications of renal failure may advance the onset of dialysis.

However, some useful strategies can help prolong kidney function and delay the need of dialysis for people with stage 3 kidney disease.

The primary focus at stage 3 kidney disease is to keep the body well nourished, reduce protein waste build-up in the blood, and mange other conditions. Also, you should take your medications as your doctor’s prescription even if you feel very well and keep regular doctor appointments. It is important for stage 3 kidney disease to prolong renal function and delay the onset of dialysis by treating the following issues.

High blood pressure

People with reduced kidney function should have their high blood pressure controlled. You should work with your doctor and find out the best anti-hypertension medicine suitable for your condition. Along with medications, exercise and reducing salt in diet also can help lower high blood pressure.


Anemia can cause strain on your heart and increase the risk of heart disease which is a significant death cause for kidney disease patients. It occurs when the diseased kidneys can not make hormone erythropoietin (EPO). Medication such as epoetin can treat anemia. Meanwhile, adequate irone must be available in your body in order for epoetin therapy to work. So iron supplement is required for people with stage 3 kidney disease.

Avoid certain medications

Some medications are toxic to kidneys such as Ibuprofen, naproxen sodium, and celecoxib. You should take only your prescribed dose. If your doctor does not prescribe the medicine, you should talk with him or her before taking the medications. Informing your doctor before you taking any medications, supplement or herbal medicine.

The above approaches can help the patients with stage 3 kidney disease delay the onset of dialysis. For more information, please consult us on line.

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