Chronic Kidney Disease

What Is Chronic Kidney Disease

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is characterized by the gradual loss of kidney function over time. The kidneys are the body’s blood-filtering organs, removing waste from the blood and sending it to be excreted from the body. When the kidneys aren’t functioning properly, waste builds up in the blood and can cause high blood pressure, anemia, malnutrition, and nerve damage. An estimated 26 million American adults—more than one in ten—have been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease. Incidence rates of CKD have jumped nearly 6 percent in the last 3 decades. Early detection is key to proper treatment for chronic kidney disease. If left untreated, chronic kidney disease can lead to kidney failure, necessitating a kidney transplant and/or causing death.

What Causes Chronic Kidney Disease

Risk Factors For Chronic Kidney Disease

Diagnosing Chronic Kidney Disease

Symptoms of Chronic Kidney Disease


Living With Chronic Kidney Disease



Medication And Treatment

Complementary and Alternative Treatment

When To Contact A Doctor

Questions For A Doctor