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Announcements: National Kidney Month — March 2013

March is designated National Kidney Month to raise awareness about the prevention and early detection of kidney disease. In 2011, kidney disease was the ninth leading cause of death in the United States (1). More than 10% (>20 million) of U.S. adults aged ≥20 years have chronic kidney disease (CKD), and most of them are unaware of their condition (2,3). If left untreated, CKD can lead to kidney failure, requiring dialysis or transplantation for survival (2,4).

CDC's Chronic Kidney Disease Initiative, in collaboration with partner agencies and organizations, has developed the CKD Surveillance System website ( to document and monitor the burden of CKD and its risk factors in the United States. The website also provides the means for tracking progress toward achieving Healthy People 2020 objectives to prevent, detect, and manage CKD and for evaluating, monitoring, and implementing quality improvement efforts by federal and nonfederal agencies.

Diabetes and high blood pressure are major risk factors for CKD, but controlling diabetes and blood pressure can prevent or delay CKD and improve health outcomes (2). Information about preventing and controlling kidney disease is available at Information about CDC's Chronic Kidney Disease Initiative is available at


  1. Hoyert DL, Xu JQ. Deaths: preliminary data for 2011. Natl Vital Stat Rep 2012;61(6).
  2. CDC. National chronic kidney disease fact sheet 2010. Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC; 2010. Available at Accessed March 5, 2012.
  3. Plantinga LC, Boulware LE, Coresh J, et al. Patient awareness of chronic kidney disease: trends and predictors. Arch Intern Med 2008;168:2268–75.
  4. US Renal Data System. USRDS 2012 annual data report: atlas of chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease in the United States. Bethesda, MD: National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases; 2012. Available at

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