5 things to know about chronic kidney disease in the US

About 37 million people in the United States have chronic kidney disease, according to a 2019 CDC brief.

Researchers used data from the 2013–2016 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and the CKD Epidemiology Collaboration equation to put together the brief.

Five things to know:

1. Fifteen percent of U.S adults, 37 million people, are estimated to have chronic kidney disease.

2. Chronic kidney disease is more common in people 65 years or older (38 percent) than in people between the ages of 45 and 64 years (13 percent) or 18 and 44 years (7 percent).

3. Chronic kidney disease is more common in women (15 percent) than men (12 percent).

4. Black people are more likely to have chronic kidney disease (16 percent) than Hispanics (14 percent), non-Hispanic whites (13 percent) or Asians (12 percent).

5. Diabetes and high blood pressure are the major causes of chronic kidney disease in adults.

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