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>> A doctor speaks with a patient in his office.
>> What is CKD?
>> CKD means chronic kidney disease.
Chronic kidney disease means that the kidneys are damaged.
The most common causes of chronic kidney disease are diabetes and high blood pressure.
People who have diabetes and high blood pressure have chronic kidney disease
because the small blood vessels in the kidney are damaged in such a way
that the kidney can no longer filter as well as it should.
The damage tends to occur very slowly and most people have no symptoms.
They don't feel any way until the kidney damage is very advanced.
If the kidney damage progresses over time, the kidneys could be unable to maintain the health
of the individual with kidney disease.