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Chronic Kidney Disease (cont.)

How Common Is Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)?

  • Chronic kidney disease is a growing health problem in the United States. Approximately 26 million Americans have chronic kidney disease. The United States Renal Data Systems 2011 Annual Data Report determined that 15.1% of all adults above the age of 20 years have chronic kidney disease.
  • It is estimated that more than 10% of adults in the United States - more than 20 million people - may have CKD at varying levels of seriousness.
  • The number of transplants per year is from 15,000 to 18,000.
  • Kidney disease is more common among Hispanic, African American, Asian or Pacific Islander, and Native American people.
  • Older age, female gender, diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease are associated with a higher incidence of chronic kidney disease.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/11/2014
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