Treatments for Kidney Disease
Getting early treatment is key to delaying further damage and progression of kidney disease. Treatment is based on the stage of kidney disease:
In the early stages of kidney disease, medications may be prescribed to help manage blood pressure. These medicines can also reduce the risk of kidney disease from progressing. Newer glucose-lowering medications that are used to treat type 2 diabetes, such as SGLT inhibitors, GLP-1 agonists and Mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists, also act to protect kidneys and help the kidney disease from progressing. These are currently approved for or being tested in advanced kidney disease in other (non-T1D) populations.
As chronic kidney disease progresses to serious advanced stages, kidney dialysis or transplantation may be needed. This treatment filters blood, removing waste, chemicals, and extra fluid from the blood because the kidneys can’t anymore, or replaces with a functional kidney from cadaveric donors.
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