Over 37 million American adults have chronic kidney disease (CKD). It is the ninth leading cause of death in the U.S., yet most people are not aware they have this illness or are at risk. To help improve prevention and early detection efforts, NKF is requesting that lawmakers expand funding for the CKD Control Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The CDC began establishing in 2006 a comprehensive surveillance system for CKD. Early identification and treatment of kidney disease and its complications is crucial to slowing the progression of the illness and preserving kidney function. By working in conjunction with state health departments, the CDC is developing community-based approaches to improving early detection of kidney disease, treating CKD, and educating health professionals.