Life Expectancy of Stage 3 Chronic Kidney Disease(CKD) with GFR 56
Q: My husband is 54 years old and he was diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) last year. From then on, his renal function keeps declining. Now, his GFR declines to 56. Can you tell me his accurate life expectancy?
A: In fact, there is no a generalized life expectancy for him and it varies from case to case because many factors can affect the prognosis of the disease.
As kidneys are damaged, it will cause much metabolic wastes to build up in body and they can damage multiple organs and tissues in body such as brain, heart, blood system etc. Many patients may die of the complications of kidney disease before their kidneys fail completely. Therefore, the life expectancy can not be calculated depending on residual renal function or creatinine level alone.
Pathological category also can affect the life expectancy of people with stage 3 Chronic Kidney Disease. Minimal change disease has a favorable prognosis and it can be cured by proper treatment. However, if someone is diagnosed with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), it will develop into Kidney Failure in several years.
Although diet, exercise and other daily heath care can not cure Kidney Disease, but they can slow down disease progression and delaying the approaching of dialysis.
The patients with stage 3 Chronic Kidney Disease had better ask for professional dietary advices from dietitian and limit the consumption of proteins, sodium, potassium etc. The health care can extend the life expectancy remarkably.
In stage 3 of Chronic Kidney Disease, the kidneys are damaged moderately. If the kidneys are restored very well, they will be able to prevent the disease from progressing into the next stage. However, the conventional therapy can not relieve symptoms, but not restoring the kidneys.
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