Chronic Kidney Disease Awareness

African Americans are at increased risk for chronic kidney disease (CKD). About 37 million American adults have CKD and most don’t even know it. Early detection and treatment can prevent complications from kidney disease. Understanding more about CKD—what is it, what the risk factors are, how the disease progresses, and how to find out if you have CKD—will help you protect your kidney health. 

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What Is Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)?

CKD is a condition in which your kidneys are damaged and can’t filter blood as well as they should. 

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Are You At Risk for Chronic Kidney Disease?

About 33% of adults in the United States are at risk for CKD. Access the Kidney Disease Risk Calculator to find out if you’re in the 33%. 

Five kidneys in various stages of chronic kidney disease. As kidney disease progresses from Stage 1 to Stage 5, the kidneys lose function and get smaller.

What Are the Stages of Chronic Kidney Disease?

Chronic Kidney Disease can range from mild to very severe. The 5 Stages of CKD describe the severity. 

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How Can I Find Out If I Have Chronic Kidney Disease?

About 1 in 7 adults in the United States are estimated to have CKD and most are undiagnosed. Talk with your healthcare provider about getting simple blood and urine lab tests. 

Chronic Kidney Disease Fact Check

Take this short quiz to find out how much you know about CKD