What is Stage 3 CKD?
Stage 3 CKD occurs when your eGFR is between 30 – 59, indicating moderate kidney damage.
At this stage, kidney function declines gradually over time and can possibly lead to kidney failure in some patients. This damage is not reversible but there are many actions that can be taken to slow or stop further kidney damage.
An overview of stage 3 chronic kidney disease (CKD)
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is divided into 5 stages based on kidney function, and whether there are signs of blood or protein in the urine.
At CKD stage 3, your kidneys have been moderately damaged. Therefore, they are not filtering salts and toxins optimally and maintaining fluid balance may be a problem.
Based on the level of kidney function, this stage is further split into two sub-stages: CKD Stage 3a where eGFR is between 45 - 59 and CKD Stage 3b where eGFR is between 30 - 44, The stage you are in may result in some variations in the treatment approach.
At stage 3 CKD, your doctor will closely monitor you to see if there is protein in the urine, as higher amounts of protein can mean more risk of CKD progression and an increased need for treatments.