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Risk Factors for Kidney Disease

Anyone can develop kidney disease, but some people are at greater risk. Kidney disease is most often caused by diabetes or high blood pressure, both of which can cause permanent harm to your kidneys. When your kidneys have been permanently damaged and aren't functioning as well as they should, it's called chronic kidney disease (CKD), or kidney disease for short.

Diabetes and high blood pressure aren't the only things that can cause kidney disease. Another common risk for kidney disease is having heart (cardiovascular) disease.

Having a family history of kidney disease puts you at higher risk for developing kidney disease. People who are African-American, Asian American, Native American, or of Hispanic ethnicity are at an increased risk for kidney disease.
Being over age 60 also increases your risk. Over time, the kidneys lose some function.  People who are over 60 are also at more risk for diabetes and high blood pressure, the two leading causes of kidney failure.

If you are at risk for kidney disease, ask your doctor how often you should be tested. If you catch and treat kidney disease early, you may be able to slow it down!

Learn more about diabetes and kidney disease

Learn more about high blood pressure and kidney disease

Learn about family history and kidney disease

Learn more about race/ethnicity and kidney disease

You can take steps today to help protect your kidneys!

Manage your diabetes.

Control high blood pressure.

Work with your doctor.

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