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What is
Kidney Disease?

    Chronic kidney disease generally refers to a group of conditions that damage your kidneys and decrease their ability to keep you healthy by:

    • removing waste products and/or drugs from the body
    • balancing the body’s fluids
    • releasing hormones that regulate blood pressure
    • producing an active form of vitamin D that promotes strong, healthy bones
    • controlling the production of red blood cells

As kidney disease progresses, the level of waste in the blood can become high and make you feel sick. Complications of kidney disease include high blood pressure, anemia (low blood count), weak bones, poor nutritional health, and nerve damage. In addition, kidney disease increases the risk of having heart and blood vessel disease.