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Kidney Question

09/27/2011

Question:

How can I increase kidney function? I only have 30 percent right now. Can I stop it from decreasing?

Answer:

This depends on what the cause is of your decreased kidney function.  If it's diabetes or high blood pressure, the best you can hope to do is probably to keep your kidney function from getting any worse.  But be aware that 30% is plenty of function for most people -- you can live comfortably on that, as long as it doesn't decrease further.

Please see the links below for more info on chronic kidney disease and what can be done to manage or stabilize it.  The main points are:  

Please write back if you have more questions. 

Related Resources:

Basic Information About the Kidneys
Treatment of CKD

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Go to the Kidney Diseases health topic, where you can:

Response by:

Mildred   Lam, MD Mildred Lam, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University