There are certain factors (things) that can increase your chances of getting a disease, but do not necessarily cause the disease. These are called risk factors.

Risk factors for kidney disease include:

  • Having a family member with kidney disease
  • Being African-American, Hispanic, Native American, or Asian
  • Being over 60 years old
  • Heart disease
  • Being obese
  • Smoking
  • Having a history of acute kidney injury