The American Kidney Fund is collaborating with the Know Diabetes by Heart Alliance™, operated collectively by the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association, to work with members of the initiative to combat the national public health impact of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and chronic kidney disease.

Working collaboratively, this initiative allows the alliance to combat the national public health of these diseases by:

  • Raising awareness and understanding of the link between kidney disease, diabetes and cardiovascular disease
  • Empowering the people to better manage these conditions
  • Supporting health-and-allied health providers in educating and helping their patients living with, or at risk of, kidney disease, diabetes and cardiovascular disease

Kidney Disease Risk Factors

Diabetes is one of the biggest factors that increases your risk for kidney disease and its the number one cause of kidney failure. Approximately 34 million Americans have diabetes, and 1 in 3 of them also has chronic kidney disease.

Learn more about the link between diabetes and kidney disease

Diabetes also makes it more likely for you to have conditions that affect your heart, including high blood pressure.

High blood pressure is one of the biggest factors that increases your risk for kidney disease and it is the #2 cause of kidney failure. Monitoring and controlling your blood pressure can help prevent kidney disease, or help keep it from getting worse.

Learn more about how high blood pressure can cause kidney disease

Kidney disease can also cause heart disease. When your kidneys are not working well, they can affect other parts of your body. Since your heart and kidneys work closely together, when there is a problem with your kidneys it can cause problems with your heart.

Learn more about the link between your kidneys and your heart

Download a guide to help you talk to your doctor about your risk for kidney disease

Managing your kidney disease

If you have kidney disease caused by diabetes or high blood pressure, there are steps you can take to slow down the progression of your kidney disease. Eating the right foods, taking your medicine as directed, and working with your doctor, are some of the steps you can take to manage your kidney disease.  

Learn more about how to slow down your kidney disease.

Download a guide to help you talk to your doctor about managing your kidney disease

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