CKD Risk Factors

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Diabetes and high blood pressure are the more common causes of CKD in most adults. Other risk factors include heart disease, obesity, a family history of CKD, inherited kidney disorders, past damage to the kidneys, and older age.

Managing blood sugar and blood pressure can help keep kidneys healthy.

Ways to Prevent CKD

  • Manage risk factors for CKD:
    • High blood sugar levels.
    • High blood pressure.

Keeping a healthy body weight through a balanced diet and physical activity can help manage blood pressure and blood sugar levels in people with diabetes or in people at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Apprx 1 in 3 adults with diabetes (and 1 in 5 adults with high blood pressure) may have chronic kidney disease.

Preventing type 2 diabetes can help prevent CKD and kidney failure. Talk to a kidney doctor about treatment options if CKD is severe and kidney function is very low.