Anybody can develop anemia, but it is very common in people with chronic kidney disease (CKD), and especially in those with kidney failure. People may start to have anemia in the early stages of CKD, and anemia usually gets worse as CKD gets worse. The majority of patients on dialysis have anemia, and the risk of anemia is higher in patients with kidney transplants too. Anemia in ESRD is more common if you:

  • Have diabetes

  • Have heart disease

  • Have high blood pressure

  • Are African-American

  • Are older than 75 years

If you have ESRD, talk to your doctor about getting tested for anemia. There are things you can do to manage the symptoms of anemia that can help you feel better.