Kidney Disease Care

Welcome to Kidney Disease Care

Kidney Disease Cares helps people with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), Chronic Illnesses and Diabetes. Chronic kidney disease, also known as chronic renal disease or CKD, is a condition characterized by a gradual loss of kidney function over time.

Chronic kidney disease includes conditions that damage your kidneys and decrease their ability to keep you healthy by filtering wastes from your blood. If kidney disease worsens, wastes can build to high levels in your blood and make you feel sick. You may develop complications like:

  • high blood pressure

  • anemia (low blood count)

  • weak bones

  • poor nutritional health

  • nerve damage

Kidney disease also increases your risk of having heart and blood vessel disease. These problems may happen slowly over a long time. Early detection and treatment can often keep chronic kidney disease from getting worse. When kidney disease progresses, it may eventually lead to kidney failure, which requires dialysis or a kidney transplant to maintain life.

37 million American adults have CKD, and millions of others are at increased risk

Early detection can help prevent the progression of kidney disease to kidney failure

Heart disease is the primary cause of death for all people with CKD

More than 1 in 7, that is 15% of US adults, are estimated to have CKD.

As many as 9 in 10 adults with CKD do not know they have CKD.

About 2 in 5 adults with severe CKD 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 (12%) or 18–44 years (6%).

CKD is slightly more common in women (14%) than men (12%).

CKD is more common in non-Hispanic Black adults (16%) than in non-Hispanic White adults (13%) or non-Hispanic Asian adults (13%).

About 14% of Hispanic adults have CKD.

Diabetes and high blood pressure are the most common causes of chronic kidney disease (CKD). Your health care provider will look at your health history and may do tests to find out why you have kidney disease.

There are three signs that could indicate that you are beginning to experience a decline in kidney function.

  • Dizziness and Fatigue. One of the first possible signs of weakening kidneys is the experience of overall weakness in yourself and your overall health. ...

  • Swelling (Edema)

  • Changes in urination

CKD can range from a mild condition with no or few symptoms, to a very serious condition where the kidneys stop working, sometimes called kidney failure. Most people with CKD will be able to control their condition with medicine and regular check-ups.