ERSD Education

kidney.gifWhat are the causes of ESRD?





ESRD is when the kidneys stop working well enough for you to live without dialysis or a transplant.  This kind of kidney failure is permanent.  It cannot be fixed.  Most cases of ESRD are caused by diabetes or high blood pressure.  Some problems you are born with, some reactions to medicines, and some injuries can also cause ESRD.  If you have ESRD, you will need dialysis or a kidney transplant to live. Anyone can have ESRD. Some people are more likely to have ESRD than others.  You are more at risk for ESRD if you have:





The best way to prevent ESRD is to prevent CKD.  Diabetes and high blood pressure are the two leading causes of CKD. You can help to protect your kidneys by keeping these in control.  Get your blood sugar and blood pressure checked often.



You an also help protect your kidneys with other healthy habits.  You should:


Have regular check-ups with your doctor:





Also, take medicines the way your doctor tells you.  Talk to your doctor before you start any new medicine or supplement.