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Chronic Kidney Disease Treatment Information
We offer treatment for chronic kidney disease based on your specific needs. Options include:
- Blood pressure medicine. High blood pressure can damage your kidneys. Normal blood pressure is 120/80 (diastolic/systolic), and if you have chronic kidney disease, your target should be 130/80. Research has shown that blood pressure medicines called angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) help limit kidney damage and lower your risk for heart disease. If your chronic kidney disease is caused by diabetes or you have protein in your urine (proteinuria), we may prescribe blood pressure medicine even if your blood pressure is normal. We work closely with you to develop a treatment plan that helps your condition without causing too many side effects. You may need a combination of medicines for best results.
- Phosphate binders. Phosphorous is important for healthy bones, blood vessels and muscles. In people with chronic kidney disease, phosphorous can build to high levels, causing weakened bones and other problems. A diet low in phosphorous may be enough to control this problem. However, if you are in the more advanced stages of chronic kidney disease, you may need medicine to help clear phosphorous from your body. These medicines work only if you take them within 30 minutes of a meal.
- Dietary changes. Being careful about what you eat and drink can help prevent kidney damage. A diet low in fat, cholesterol, sodium and potassium may help control chronic kidney disease, along with cardiovascular disease. Our dietitians work with you to develop a nutrition plan that is gentle for your kidneys and good for your overall health. We may prescribe a specific diet based on your needs.
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Chronic Kidney Disease Support Services
Learn more about chronic kidney disease at these websites:
A Sampling of Chronic Kidney Disease Support Services
American Kidney Fund
This charitable organization, which helps dialysis patients with health insurance payments and other treatment-related expenses, provides information on many kidney conditions and treatments.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Read fact sheets and reports on chronic kidney disease and other conditions at the website of this U.S. government agency.
Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute
This site lists clinical trials in which you may be able to participate.