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Stage 2 Kidney Disease
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.
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Hi  Bonnie,

Unfortunately  there's  no  true  formula  to  predict  how  long  you  can  remain  on  any  stage of  kidney  disease.
You  didn't  specify  the  what  caused  your  kidney  disease,  but  here  are  some  guidelines:

http://www.baakp.org/Newsletters/KidneyKonnections_May_09.pdf

"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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