Taken from National Kidney Foundation (USA)
The Facts About Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)
- 26 million American adults have CKD and millions of others are at increased risk.
- Early detection can help prevent the progression of kidney disease to kidney failure.
- Heart disease is the major cause of death for all people with CKD.
- Glomerular filtration rate (GFR) is the best estimate of kidney function.
- Hypertension causes CKD and CKD causes hypertension.
- Persistent proteinuria (protein in the urine) means CKD is present.
- High risk groups include those with diabetes, hypertension and family history of kidney disease.
- African Americans, Hispanics, Pacific Islanders, Native Americans and Seniors are at increased risk.
- Three simple tests can detect CKD: blood pressure, urine albumin and serum creatinine.
How do your kidneys help maintain health?
In addition to removing wastes and fluid from your body, your kidneys perform these other important jobs:
- Regulate your body water and other chemicals in your blood such as sodium, potassium, phosphorus and calcium ...... read more