The kidneys are essential to good health in a number of ways. Diminished kidney function can contribute to or cause heart disease, bone disease, nerve damage, malnutrition, infertility and other health problems.
Diagnosis and treatment in the early stages of kidney disease is vital to improving current health and preventing serious long-term problems, including kidney failure and premature death. In some cases, proper treatment of kidney disease can help the patient remain in a chronic disease stage and never progress to the dangerous phase of end-stage kidney failure. In some cases, proper treatment can even reverse the disease.