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Facts About Kidney Disease

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  • 1 in 3 American adults is at risk for chronic kidney disease.  This number increases to 1 in 2 over the course of a lifetime.
  • 26 million Americans have CKD and millions of others are at increased risk.
  • Diabetes and high blood pressure are the two leading causes of chronic kidney disease.
  • African Americans are 3 times more likely to develop CKD than caucasions; Hispanics, Pacific Islanders, Native Americans and Seniors are at increased risk.
  • Early detection can help prevent the progression of kidney disease to kidney failure.
  • Kidney disease is the 9th leading cause of death in the United States. Every year, kidney disease kills more people than breast or prostate cancer.
  • Heart disease is the major cause of death for all people with CKD.
  • Glomerular filtration rate (GFR) is the best estimate of kidney function.
  • Hypertension causes CKD and CKD causes hypertension.
  • Persistent proteinuria (protein in the urine) means CKD is present.
  • Kidney disease is silent – it can develop for years with no noticeable symptoms.
  • High risk groups include those with diabetes, hypertension and family history of kidney disease.

Kidney disease is common, harmful, and treatable.  There are no noticeable symptoms until an advanced stage of the disease.  Know your risk factors and be tested, especially if you have a family history of diabetes or hypertension.  For more information email info@healthykidneys.org

Here are some steps you can take to prevent kidney disease.

1. Know your risk factors!

2. Drink plenty of fluid, especially to prevent kidney stones.

3. Prevent or treat high blood pressure and diabetes.

4. Don’t smoke.

5. Exercise and maintain a healthy weight.

6. Eat a well-balanced diet and follow any dietary guidelines suggested by your doctor.

7. Avoid any unnecessary drug use.

 

 

 

This material is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Medical questions cannot be answered via email.   Please consult a physician for specific treatment recommendations.  Some information above was provided by the National Kidney Foundation and is subject to copyright restrictions.  One copy may be printed for personal use.