Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a progressive disease with five stages. Stage 3 Kidney Disease is also called Moderate Chronic Kidney Disease and precedes Severe (Stage 4) and End Stage (Stage 5). Stages are gauged by measuring the kidneys' Glomerular Filtration Rate. Patients with Stage 3 CKD have several treatment options to stay healthy and slow the progress of the disease.
Life expectancy is commonly used as an indicator of health and reflects disease burden in the population. The life expectancy for patients with lower levels of kidney function has not been reported.Life span with chronic kidney disease can depend on the stage of the disease at diagnosis, the patient's general level of health and age, and what kind of treatment the patient receives. Patients facing a diagnosis of kidney disease should ask their doctors for a complete overview so they understand their options and the various prognoses. It is important to weigh quality oflife issues when considering life expectancy with kidney disease. A patient might live four years with one treatment and two with another, but could have a better quality of life with the shorter prognosis.
Most people with Stage 3 Kidney Disease do not run into kidney specific pain. However, if your Stage 3 Disease has resulted in further complications or infections, it’s more than possible to encounter some sort of pain in the kidney area.
Someone with Stage 3 CKD may want to see a dietitian. A healthy diet that eliminate minerals like sodium, phosphorous and magnesium is essential, since those products are difficult for kidneys to process and put extra strain on the body and kidneys when they accumulate in the bloodstream. The diet should also regulate the amount of protein that is taken in each day and include a variety of fruits, grains and vegetables. And a healthy eating plan should keep foods with saturated fat and cholesterol at a minimum. Since each patient is different, there is no set diet plan for Stage 3 CKD, and that's why it's important to consult an expert who can create a plan to suit your specific needs.
Treatments can include medications, diet, exercise, dialysis, and kidney transplants. Lifeexpectancy with kidney disease can improve with more advanced treatments, but quality of lifecan become an issue. An older patient might find dialysis three times a week intolerable, for example, and might prefer more conservative treatment. Conversely, a relatively healthy young patient might be willing to undergo dialysis and get on the waiting list for a kidney transplant.