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Chronic Kidney Disease Specialist

Advanced Medical and Kidney Institute

Board Certified Internal Medicine & Nephrology, A Private Medical Practice located in Apple Valley, CA

As many as 30 million American adults are living with chronic kidney disease. At Advanced Medical and Kidney Institute in Apple Valley, California, experienced nephrologist, Sunil Patel, DO, and his dedicated medical team focus on preserving your kidney function and reducing your risk for other health complications. If you need diagnostic testing for changes in your urine output or management services for existing kidney disease, call Advanced Medical and Kidney Institute or request a consultation online today.

Chronic Kidney Disease Q&A

What is chronic kidney disease?

Chronic kidney disease describes a condition where your kidneys are damaged and not able to function properly. This type of disease develops gradually over time and prevents your kidneys from filtering your blood as they should.

Your kidneys are responsible for filtering out waste and extra water from your blood to produce urine. Your kidneys also help maintain the balance of minerals and salts necessary to support good health.

Without proper filtering, waste can build up in your blood and body and lead to other serious health complications, including heart attack, heart disease, and stroke.

What are the symptoms of chronic kidney disease?

In the early stages of chronic kidney disease, you may not have any symptoms. As the disease progresses, you may develop swelling in your legs, ankles, and feet as fluid builds up in your body.

Other common symptoms of chronic kidney disease include:

  • Fatigue
  • Chest pain
  • Muscle cramps
  • Loss of appetite
  • Decreased urination
  • Shortness of breath

You may also experience unexplained weight loss, malnutrition complications, and anemia as a result of chronic kidney disease.

How is chronic kidney disease diagnosed?

The team at Advanced Medical and Kidney Institute offers on-site diagnostic testing to identify chronic kidney disease. One test checks for proteins in your urine that appear when you have kidney damage.

Blood tests also evaluate how well your kidneys are filtering blood by assessing their glomerular filtration rate (GFR).

You should schedule a diagnostic evaluation with the team if you have symptoms or a family history of chronic kidney disease. Your provider may also recommend routine testing if you have hypertension, heart disease, or diabetes. The earlier you know you have the disease, the more effective treatment can be.

How is chronic kidney disease treated?

The team at Advanced Medical and Kidney Institute provides comprehensive care to optimize the medical management of your chronic kidney disease and prevent a worsening of your condition.

Even if you’re not having symptoms, your provider can recommend important lifestyle changes to improve existing kidney function and prevent the progression of the disease, such as eating foods to support kidney function, getting daily exercise, and maintaining a healthy body weight. .

The team at Advanced Medical and Kidney Institute also works closely with you to treat existing health issues that contribute to kidney disease. They can help you manage high blood pressure and keep blood sugar levels well-controlled through customized treatment plans.

If you need help managing chronic kidney disease, rely on the expertise of the team at Advanced Medical and Kidney Institute. You can schedule an appointment by booking online or by calling the office today.