Kidney disease at Stage 3
Patients with Stage 3 kidney disease are more likely to die, and they are also more likely to get heart disease. This risk is already higher for people with mild or moderate kidney damage. Also, people with stage 3 CKD are more likely to get left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH), a potentially fatal heart problem. LVH can also be caused by things like anemia and high blood pressure.
If diagnosed early, people with stage 3 kidney disease can live longer than those with later stages. The average life expectancy for men and women is 24 years, but this varies from person to person and depends on many things, such as gender and way of life. Also, people with stage 3 kidney disease are more likely to get other health problems, like heart disease, which can cut a person’s life short.
Medications and changes to how you eat may be used to treat stage 3 kidney disease. Lifestyle changes are also important because protein is hard for the kidneys to filter. You can live longer and have a better quality of life if you take steps to control your disease and avoid complications. The goal is to keep kidney failure from happening as soon as possible. Because of this, doctors advise people with stage 3 kidney disease to talk to their doctor about their treatment options, as well as their treatment plans and changes to their lifestyle.
Patients with stage 3 kidney disease have kidneys that are only partly working, so they can’t get rid of waste from the blood as well as they should. Their estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) is between 34 and 55 mL/min or lower. This causes fluid to build up and blood pressure to rise. Uremia is a condition that happens when the kidneys can’t get rid of waste. Other side effects are anemia, bone disease, and high blood pressure.
The first step in treating stage 3 kidney disease is to treat any underlying condition that may be causing the symptoms. For example, if the patient’s kidneys don’t work right, they may need iron supplements or erythropoietin injections. In addition to dietary supplements, doctors may also prescribe calcium and vitamin D supplements. People who don’t have kidney disease often take calcium and vitamin D supplements. However, this can hurt the kidneys, so it’s important to talk to a doctor before taking any over-the-counter medicines. Life expectancy can vary for people with kidney disease, depending on how bad it is and how old they are.
Changes in diet
If you have kidney disease, your doctor may suggest changing what you eat to help control it. These changes can help lower high blood pressure, reduce the need for blood pressure medicines, and stop fluid from building up in the body. Talk to a dietitian to find out your dietary goals and learn more about these changes. Following your dietitian’s advice can help stop kidney disease from worsening and improve your life.
During stage three of kidney disease, you may need to limit the amount of protein, phosphorus, and potassium you eat. In addition to dairy products, you can choose alternatives to cow’s milk with lower levels of these substances. You can choose healthy foods like brown rice and other grains if you can’t have dairy. They have higher fiber content and less phosphorus than white rice. Barley, wild rice, and buckwheat are some other choices.