Hi, I' m a newbie. I recently received tests results back indicating that I have stage 2 didney disease. My GFR rate was 72 in March 20-10 and 74 in March 2009. I understand that at 60 I will be in stage 3 kidney disease. My question is this, can I remain in stage 2 forever, or a a long period of time or is it inevatiable that I will continue to decline in numbers? Any thoughts and advise is appreciated. Thanks.
"There are things you can do to try and delay the progression of kidney disease. Keeping your blood pressure under control is key; especially by using an ACE-inhibitor type of blood pressure medicine with “pril” as the suffix. Know your lab test results and try to keep your hemoglobin A1C under 7.0%, your blood pressure under 130/80, your bad cholesterol less than 100, and eat no more than 0.08 gms/kg body weight of any type of protein per day. A proper diet is another way to slow the progression of diabetes and kidney disease. The website www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/search can help you find out what the foods you are eating have in them. -- Vivek Bhalla, M.D., Stanford University Medical Center Division of Nephrology "
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