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Chronic Kidney Disease Posted on 8 Mar 2021

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a long-term condition where the kidneys don't work as well as they should. When getting older this is a common condition, it can affect anyone. However its more common in people who are black or of South Asian Origin. The NHS Health Check that we provide all help with preventing Chronic Kidney Disease.

Symptoms of CKD

There are usually no symptoms of kidney disease in the early stages. It may only be diagnosed if you have a blood or urine test for another reason and the results show a possible problem with your kidneys.

At a more advanced stage, symptoms can include:

·         tiredness

·         swollen ankles, feet or hands

·         shortness of breath

·         feeling sick

·         blood in your pee (urine)


CKD can range from a mild condition with no or few symptoms, to a very serious condition where the kidneys stop working, sometimes called kidney failure.

Most people with CKD will be able to control their condition with medicine and regular check-ups. CKD only progresses to kidney failure in around 1 in 50 people with the condition.

Causes of CKD

Chronic kidney disease is usually caused by other conditions that put a strain on the kidneys. Often it's the result of a combination of different problems.

CKD can be caused by:

·         high blood pressure – over time, this can put strain on the small blood vessels in the kidneys and stop the kidneys working properly

·         diabetes – too much glucose in your blood can damage the tiny filters in the kidneys

·         high cholesterol – this can cause a build-up of fatty deposits in the blood vessels supplying your kidneys, which can make it harder for them to work properly

These three certain things are all tested in the NHS Health Checks. By keeping an eye on them they can help prevent Chronic Kidney Disease. Once we are providing the NHS Health Checks again make sure you book in with us to keep an eye on your health and prevent further illnesses from occurring.