Learn more about the complications of kidney failure. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney disease.
Return to top New to dialysis Starting dialysis often means creating a new normal for yourself and your family. High blood pressure also known as hypertension is another common cause of kidney disease and other complications such as heart attacks and strokes.
An excess amount of protein in your urine may mean your kidney's filtering units have been damaged by disease. This can overload your kidneys. Uncontrolled high blood sugar can damage kidneys. Your doctor should use your results, along with your age, race, gender and other factors, to calculate your glomerular filtration rate GFR.