Dr. I am 66 years old with diabetes. I was told I am in Stage three of KD. But I really don’t know what that stage really means but the doctor keeps telling me that stage three is on the cust side of needing to be put on dialysis but for how long before this happens and what are the factors involved? Thank you.

Stage 3 chronic kidney disease (CKD) means that your estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) is between 30 and 59 milliliters per minute per 1.73 meters squared. You can learn more about this classification system by reviewing the information on our web site at: https://www.kidney.org/professionals/explore-your-knowledge/how-to-classify-ckd

It is not possible to provide a prognosis based only on the staging system of CKD. The staging system only provides a way of classifying kidney disease based on kidney function testing. I suggest that you review your concerns with your physician. Only your physician can provide a prognosis for your CKD.

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