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Disease Indicators

Chronic kidney disease

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a serious health condition affecting 26 million Americans and more than 500 million people worldwide. Early detection and management of CKD can delay the disease’s progression and reduce adverse outcomes. Untreated, CKD can progress to kidney failure, but more often results in premature death due to cardiovascular disease and other complications.

So What Can You Do?

As a medical professional, you know that diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and a family history of kidney problems are major risk factors for kidney disease. But your patients may not know this. Help them make the connection between CKD and its risk factors, and be sure to test your at-risk patients.