The main treatments for kidney disease are a proper diet and medications, dialysis, transplantation and conservative care.
In the early stages of kidney disease, a proper diet and medications may help to maintain the critical balances in the body that your kidneys would normally control. However, when kidney function drops below about 10-15% of normal (an eGFR of about 10-15 ml/min), diet and medications are no longer enough. If you have no further treatment at this stage, short-term and long-term complications develop, and death eventually occurs. To keep you alive, you will need dialysis or a kidney transplant, combined with medications and a healthy diet.