I have questions about kidney disease
Your kidneys do many jobs to keep you healthy. Start here to learn about what they do, how to keep them working well and signs that they might not be working as well as they should. Finding and treating kidney disease early can help prevent kidney failure.
Your kidneys are vital organs. This means that you cannot survive without them. They filter waste and extra water (fluid) out of your blood to make urine (pee). They also do other jobs that keep your body working the way it should. Most people are born with two kidneys, but you can survive with one healthy kidney. Learn more about your kidneys.
Kidney disease often has no symptoms until your kidneys are badly damaged. The only way to know how well your kidneys are working is to get tested. Kidney damage usually cannot be fixed. But if you catch and treat kidney disease early, you may be able to prevent it from getting worse. Learn about the tests to check your kidneys.
Anyone can get kidney disease, but some things can make it more likely to happen to you. In fact, 1 in 3 adults in the United States are at risk for getting kidney disease. Kidney disease is most often caused by diabetes or high blood pressure, but there are other things that can put you at higher risk as well. Learn more about the risk factors for kidney disease.
The term “chronic kidney disease” (CKD) means lasting damage to the kidneys that can get worse over time. If the damage is very bad, your kidneys may stop working. This is called kidney failure, or end-stage renal disease (ESRD). If your kidneys fail, you will need dialysis or a kidney transplant in order to live. Learn more about CKD and how it is treated.
The American Kidney Fund offers free health screenings, nutrition and fitness presentations and follow-up services, including medical referrals and public education materials.
Kidney failure, also called end-stage renal disease (ESRD), is the last stage of chronic kidney disease. When kidneys fail, it means they have stopped working well enough for your loved one to survive without dialysis or a kidney transplant. Learn about the causes, symptoms and treatment of kidney failure.
AKF offers free monthly educational webinars on topics about kidney disease. These live webinars will feature kidney disease experts who will talk about a different kidney topic each month. See the schedule of kidney webinars.
Some kidney problems can be early signs of chronic kidney disease (CKD), the type of kidney damage that can get worse over time and lead to kidney failure. Finding and treating these problems early can help prevent CKD from becoming kidney failure. Other kidney problems can lead to CKD if they are not treated. Learn about common kidney problems.
Kidney disease can often be prevented! And if you already have kidney disease, you can take steps now to keep your kidney damage from getting worse. Even small changes in diet and lifestyle can make a big difference. Learn more about steps you can take to live healthy.
Your voice is powerful! Join thousands of patients, loved ones, caregivers and health care professionals and make your voice heard on Capitol Hill. We advocate for policies to improve the health of millions of Americans and their families who are living with, or at risk of developing, kidney disease. Learn more about AKF’s Advocacy Network.