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How Serious Is Stage 2 Chronic Kidney Disease

How Serious Is Stage 2 Chronic Kidney DiseaseChronic Kidney Disease is divided into 5 stages according to Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR) in clinic. CKD stage 2 is marked by GFR 60-89ml/min/1.73m2 which is regarded as normal in some areas. Also, as CKD stage 2 usually expeirence no symptoms, so many people believe it is not serious. Well, should we be worried if we are diagnosed with CKD stage 2? Is it serious or not? If it is serious, then why patients have no symptoms? And why GFR in stage 2 regarded as normal?

Why CKD stage 2 patients have no symptoms?

In stage 2 Chronic Kidney Disease, kidney function decreases mildly. Kidney is an organ with about one million nephron. When only a very small part of nephrons are damaged, we feel nothing difference, because the residual nephron are strong enough to help maintain the normal life. This is the reason why people with CKD stage 2 always experience no symptoms.

Besides, as no symptoms appear in early stage of Chronic Kidney Disease, many people do not know they are suffering kidney problem until illness develops to advanced stage or an occasional test.

Is CKD stage 2 serious?

Compared with kidney problem in advanced stage, CKD stage 2 is not serious, because it is not life-threatening and also it causes no symptoms. For this reason, many patients pay no attention and importance on their illness. CKD stage 2 is not serious, but if it is left uncontrolled, it will develop to stage 3 in which stage patients begin to suffer various symptoms like foamy urine, high blood pressure, fluid retention, tiredness and poor appetite and so on. CKD stage 2 can be cured in clinic, but it can not be cured in stage 3. Therefore, timely treatment is needed to prevent further deterioration of illness with stage 2 Chronic Kidney Disease.

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