Anybody can develop anemia, but it is very common in people with CKD. People with CKD may start to have anemia in the early stages of CKD, and anemia usually gets worse as CKD gets worse. If your kidneys are not working as well as they should, you are more likely to get anemia.

Anemia in CKD is more common if you:

  • Have diabetes

  • Have heart disease

  • Have high blood pressure

  • Are African-American

  • Are older than 75 years

If you think you might be at risk, talk to your doctor about getting tested. Management of anemia and its symptoms may help you feel better.