37 million American adults have CKD (Chronic Kidney Disease), and millions of others are at increased risk.
What is Kidney Disease?
Chronic kidney disease, also known as chronic renal disease or CKD, is a condition characterized by a gradual loss of kidney function over time.
What are the Symptoms of Kidney Disease?
Most people may not have any severe symptoms until their kidney disease is advanced. However, you may notice that you:
feel more tired and have less energy
have trouble concentrating
have a poor appetite
have trouble sleeping
have muscle cramping at night
have swollen feet and ankles
have puffiness around your eyes, especially in the morning
have dry, itchy skin
need to urinate more often, especially at night
What are the Causes of Chronic Kidney Disease?
Diabetes and high blood pressure are the most common causes of kidney disease. Your health care provider may do tests to find out why you have kidney disease. The cause of your kidney disease may affect the type of treatment you receive.
- National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
When Should You Get Tested for Kidney Disease?
Get checked for kidney disease if you have
High blood pressure
Family history of kidney failure
How is Kidney Disease Managed?
Some methods for managing Kidney Disease include:
Control your blood pressure
If you have diabetes, meet your blood glucose goal
Work with your doctors to monitor your kidney health
Take medications as prescribed
Work with a dietitian to develop a meal plan
Be physically active daily
Aim for a healthy weight
Get enough sleep
Find healthy coping mechanisms for stress and depression
What are your Kidney Numbers?
uACR and eGFR Explained
Kidney Disease Quick Facts
More than 1 in 7 (15%) of US adults are estimated to have kidney disease
As many as 9 in 10 adults that have kidney disease do not know they have it
About 2 in 5 adults with severe kidney disease do not know they have it
Early detection can help prevent the progression of kidney disease to kidney failure
Heart disease is the primary cause of death for all people with CKD
Kidney Disease Resources:
Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)
Chronic Kidney Disease in the United States (CDC)
Chronic Kidney Disease Evidence-Based Resources (ODPHP)
Preventing Chronic Kidney Disease (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)