Kidney Disease Facts
  • About 15% of US adults have chronic kidney disease. That’s nearly 30 million people.
  • The leading causes of CKD are diabetes and high blood pressure. Together this accounts for 73% of kidney disease.
  • Chronic kidney disease CKD progresses in stages and can lead to complete kidney failure. Once your kidneys stop working, options include dialysis or transplant.
  • The progression of kidney disease can often be slow down with early treatment, but a lot of people do not show symptoms until late stages of CKD.
  • Kidney disease affects people of all ages, but people 60 and over are the most likely to develop it.
  • Certain ethnic groups are at a higher risk of CKD, including African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans.
  • About 468,000 Americans with kidney failure require on dialysis treatments to survive.
  • Greater than 100,000 people in the US are waiting for kidney transplants. Only 17,000 people a year will receive one.
  • An increasing number of people with chronic kidney disease are choosing at-home dialysis, this includes the nursing home setting. This makes up approximately 61,000 people in 2017.
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