Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a term that describes the damage and often progressive loss of kidney function that is the common pathway of a number of conditions, including diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), glomerulonephritis (inflammation of the kidneys), trauma and other damages to the kidneys. CKD may even result from certain birth conditions (congenital or genetic). Many people may be living with CKD and are not even aware of it since there are often no signs or symptoms until endstage kidney failure. CKD also affects different people in different ways. Some people can live all their lives with CKD and do quite well without any significant consequences, while others can have a progressive and/or rapid decline in kidney function. Please ask your doctor if you are at risk of CKD or if you have CKD. Your kidney functions are critical . . . You can’t live without them!