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This or That: Busting Myths About Living With Chronic Kidney Disease

There are so many myths and misconceptions about living with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and it can be hard to figure out what is factual. It's important to know the facts about CKD to give you a better understanding of the condition and how to manage it appropriately.

Myth: A kidney transplant will cure your CKD

As kidney disease progresses, many people may find themselves in need of a kidney transplant. A kidney transplant does not "cure" your chronic kidney disease, but it can be a life-saving option for people with end-stage kidney disease.1

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Myth: You can tell if you have kidney disease because there will be early signs and symptoms

Many people are living with chronic kidney disease and are unaware of it because they are experiencing little to no symptoms. The symptoms of kidney disease are so mild that they may be confused with those of other health conditions or you do not notice them. Since they are so subtle, the signs of kidney disease can go unnoticed until the kidneys are severely damaged.2,3

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Myth: Chronic kidney disease is rare

Chronic kidney disease is one of the most common health conditions faced by adults in the United States. A large part of the reason why kidney disease is so common is that a history of high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease is also common. These diseases damage the kidneys over time. However, there are rare types of kidney disease.2

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