Who’s at Risk
15% of adults in the US have chronic kidney disease (CKD)—though most don’t realize it. One challenge in detecting CKD is that there are virtually no kidney disease symptoms until later stages, when kidney damage has already occurred. Know your risk factors, learn the symptoms and get tested for CKD—especially if you have one of the known causes, like diabetes or high blood pressure.
Understanding CKD Risk Factors
Your age, weight, family history, overall health—even your ethnicity—may put you at greater risk for CKD. If you have any of the risk factors described, be sure to talk to your doctor about your kidney health and get the screenings you need as soon as possible.
1: family history or background
- Someone in your family has kidney disease
- You are older than 50
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- You are of African American, Hispanic or Native American descent—certain ethnicities are more prone to diabetes and high blood pressure, which are risk factors for CKD
- Overuse of medications with ibuprofen, naproxen or acetaminophen
- Chronic use of street drugs