Glomerular Filtration Rate - eGFR - applies ONLY to Chronic Kidney Disease, CKD

GFR or Glomerular Filtration Rate – calculate. APPLIES ONLY TO CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE, or CKD

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a gradual and irreversible loss of kidney function over time. There are five stages of CKD, each determined by the patient’s estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR). The eGFR is a measure of how efficiently the kidneys filter waste products from the blood.

It’s important to note that symptoms may not always be present in the early stages of CKD, which is why routine screenings and monitoring are crucial. Early detection and management can slow the progression of the disease and prevent complications.

  • Stage 1: Normal eGFR (≥90) with evidence of kidney damage.

  • Stage 2: Mildly decreased eGFR (60-89) with evidence of kidney damage.

  • Stage 3: Moderately decreased eGFR (30-59).

  • Stage 4: Severely decreased eGFR (15-29).

  • Stage 5: End-stage renal disease (ESRD), with an eGFR less than 15 or the need for kidney replacement therapy (dialysis or transplant).

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is widely recognized as a silent risk factor for premature death. The leading causes of kidney failure and the need for Dialysis or Kidney Transplantation are Diabetes Mellitus and Hypertension.

RISK FACTORS FOR KIDNEY DISEASE: include Diabetes Mellitus & Obesity, or (DIABESITY), Hypertension or High Blood Pressure, Family history of Kidney Disease, Cigarette smoking, Previous stroke or heart attack, and age over 60.

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is increasingly recognized as a significant risk factor for cardiovascular events. When combined with smoking, it can greatly amplify the risk of progression to total kidney failure and major cardiovascular events.

It is crucial not to underestimate the potential harm that CKD can cause to your health. Even if you have no symptoms, it is not merely a number on a blood test – it represents a major risk that should be taken seriously.


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