Who´s at Risk
for Chronic
Kidney Disease

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.

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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. 

family history of kidney disease

1: family history or background

  • Someone in your family has kidney disease
  • You are older than 50 

CKD risk factors health issues

2: health issues

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CKD risk factors ethnicity

3: ethnicity

  • 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 
CKD risk factors lifestyle

4: lifestyle

  • Overuse of medications with ibuprofen, naproxen or acetaminophen
  • Chronic use of street drugs

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How can I get screened?

Getting screened for chronic kidney disease just means being tested, and it’s an especially important step if you fall into one of the at-risk categories for CKD. You can be screened for CKD with two simple tests: a blood test and a urine sample test. Once you and your doctor know more about your current kidney health, you can make a plan to stay your healthiest—and keep an eye on your kidneys moving forward. 

Early detection can make a difference

Need another reason to tune into your kidney health? The sooner your doctor can confirm a diagnosis for CKD, the earlier you can get started on a treatment plan that may help preserve kidney function and slow progression of damage. Put yourself first and don’t put off testing if you’re in an at-risk population.
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