About CKD

Chronic kidney disease (CKD), also called chronic kidney failure, is the gradual loss of kidney function. Your kidneys filter wastes and excess fluids from your blood, which are then excreted in your urine. Chronic kidney disease includes conditions that damage your kidneys and decrease their ability to keep you healthy wastes can build to high levels in your blood which makes you feel sick. You may develop complications like high blood pressure, anemia (low blood count), weak bones, poor nutritional health and nerve damage.

CKD Is Common Among US Adults

  • 15% of US adults—37 million people—are estimated to have CKD.*

  • Most (9 in 10) adults with CKD do not know they have it.

  • 1 in 2 people with very low kidney function who are not on dialysis do not know they have CKD.

  • CKD is more common in people aged 65 years or older (38%) than in people aged 45–64 years (13%) or 18–44 years (7%).

  • CKD is more common in women (15%) than men (12%).

  • CKD is more common in non-Hispanic blacks (16%) than in non-Hispanic whites (13%) or non-Hispanic Asians (12%).

  • About 14% of Hispanics have CKD.

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