Diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular (heart or blood vessel) disease, and a family history of kidney failure are the key risk factors for chronic kidney disease. If you or a family member have any of these risk factors, it is important to learn about the basics of kidney disease and how to keep the kidneys healthier longer.
Diabetes and high blood pressure are the leading causes of kidney disease. Other factors include cardiovascular (heart and blood vessel) disease and family history of kidney failure. Find out more about kidney disease risk factors. Also, learn how some racial and ethnic groups are more affected by kidney failure than other groups.Learn More
For information on other types of kidney disease or kidney-related issues, such as polycystic kidney disease or kidney stones, please visit the National Clearinghouse on Kidney and Urologic Disease website or the frequently searched terms on Additional Kidney Information.Learn More
Page last updated: March 1, 2012