Understanding the Five Stages of Kidney Disease 

Innovations in treating kidney disease were just beginning when Dr. Steven Rosansky, aka “Dr. Ro,” a nephrology specialist in Columbia, SC, first started his practice. He was drawn to this medical specialty because it gave him the opportunity to really do something to help his patients. In this interview, Lori and Dr. Ro put a kidney disease diagnosis into perspective. Listen in to learn the differences between each of the five stages of kidney disease, plus what you might be able to do to slow the progression of the disease and preserve more of your own kidney function.

***Edit Note*** Regarding the study out of Norway mentioned in this interview; It was stated that the study showed stable kidney function over 10 years in 25 percent of patients with stage 4 CKD, e GFR 15-30. The subjects in the study at a mean age of around 75 and the patients actually were  stage 3 CKD, e GFR  30-60.

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Dr. Steven Rosansky is author of the book, Learn the Facts about Kidney Disease: A Self-Help Guide to Better Kidney Health with Proven Therapies 

Hosted By Lori Hartwell

Lori Hartwell is the Founder & President of Renal Support Network (RSN) and the host of KidneyTalk®, a radio podcast show. Lori was diagnosed with kidney disease at the age of two. In 1993 she founded RSN to instill “health, happiness and hope” into the lives of those affected by chronic kidney disease. Lori is also the author of the inspirational book Chronically Happy: Joyful Living in Spite of Chronic Illness and is a four-time kidney transplant recipient.

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