Understanding GFR and kidney disease: What's normal?

Posted by bugsowen @bugsowen, Sep 23, 2020

Just officially diagnosed ckd stage 3 June this year but doc has been monitoring. December 2018 GFR 56. June 2020 GFR 48. Was not given any thing other than water daily excersise and reduce alcohol. After research on ckd it looks very serious. Called doc back few days after appt for more info. Came with plant based low protein diet. Ordered some cookbooks and cobbled together what I called kidney diet. Follow up blood work now showed GFR 60!!! But monocytes and mch are high. Next appt is 10/2/20. Is this increase in GFR normal and will it last? BTW I am 66 will be 67 in c
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@nssmir2

Welcome, I'm glad you found us.

A food I found shortly after going mostly vegetarian was lentils, they are amazingly nutrition and meld well with all types of cuisine.

How long have you been in a stage 3 diabetic? Have you modified other aspects of your lifestyle as well. We love to hear all of the newest tips and tricks people have.

@jolinda

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Thanks to everyone! I will let you know how my PPC appt goes

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@jolinda

@nssmir2

Welcome, I'm glad you found us.

A food I found shortly after going mostly vegetarian was lentils, they are amazingly nutrition and meld well with all types of cuisine.

How long have you been in a stage 3 diabetic? Have you modified other aspects of your lifestyle as well. We love to hear all of the newest tips and tricks people have.

@jolinda

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I was diagnosed by my June blood work but PPC didn't seem alarmed even though GFR in December 2019 was 56 and June came in at 48! A
I immediately started researching and was scared and angry when PPC gave me no instructions except water. Exercise and cut down on alcohol. Nothing about anything else and ordered more blood work for a week prior to my October 2 appt. I immediately became vegan in late July. My current labs showed GFR 60! I'm asking for a referral for renal dietician and nephrologist. Wish me luck!;

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@jolinda

@nssmir2

Welcome, I'm glad you found us.

A food I found shortly after going mostly vegetarian was lentils, they are amazingly nutrition and meld well with all types of cuisine.

How long have you been in a stage 3 diabetic? Have you modified other aspects of your lifestyle as well. We love to hear all of the newest tips and tricks people have.

@jolinda

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@jolinda and @nssmir2 Lentils may need to be watched if you include them a lot on a kidney-friendly diet. They tend to be high in both phosphorus and potassium, which need monitoring if you have kidney issues!
Ginger

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@nssmir2

Hello, I am new to this site and am overjoyed to have found it! I am in stage 3, diabetic and started a vegan diet 30 days ago.

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@nssmir2. Welcome

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@nssmir2

Hello, I am new to this site and am overjoyed to have found it! I am in stage 3, diabetic and started a vegan diet 30 days ago.

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@nssmir2, Hi, and welcome to this group. Glad you found this group because it has been such a wonderful help for me.

Many here have been dealing with combined kidney and diabetes diagnoses and found and shared many ways they are finding to maintain and improve their conditions.

Have long have you been diagnosed? Have you seen a dietitian? Getting a referral to one made a great difference for me because I was given a meal plan that addressed both diabetes and my stage 3 ckd. Changing my diet and adding more walks each week has improved my numbers.

Have you seen a nephrologist and if so, are you receiving some good guidance for the ckd? Hope you'll post more about your journey and look forward to becoming better acquainted.

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@bugsowen

I was diagnosed by my June blood work but PPC didn't seem alarmed even though GFR in December 2019 was 56 and June came in at 48! A
I immediately started researching and was scared and angry when PPC gave me no instructions except water. Exercise and cut down on alcohol. Nothing about anything else and ordered more blood work for a week prior to my October 2 appt. I immediately became vegan in late July. My current labs showed GFR 60! I'm asking for a referral for renal dietician and nephrologist. Wish me luck!;

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@bugsowen, Hope your doc gives you the requested referrals and that you'll let us know how the next appt with your primary doc goes for you. Yay!! for your improved GFR score!

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