Did you know that 10% of the worldwide population is affected by kidney disease and many aren’t even aware of it? When you have kidney disease, your body is no longer able to remove wastes effectively, which can be life threatening if gone untreated. Here’s what you should know: Chronic kidney disease, or CKD for short, comes in 5 stages ranging from “Nearly normal kidney function” to “Kidney failure.” Each stage reflects how effectively the kidneys eliminate waste from the blood. Common indicators of CKD include changes in urination, swelling of the body, and shortness of breath, but symptoms aren’t always noticeable. That’s why it’s so important to be proactive and learn your risk. There is no cure for kidney disease but there are ways to slow its progression. Visit DaVita.com to find out more about kidney disease and if you are at risk.