Chronic Kidney Disease

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) affects 37 million adults in the US. Another 80 million adults in the US are at risk for developing kidney disease because they have diabetes, hypertension, or a family history of kidney disease. Early diagnosis and interventions like lifestyle management, dietary changes, blood pressure and glucose control, and other therapies can slow or even prevent the progression of CKD to kidney failure. However, 90% of people living with CKD are unaware that their kidneys are impaired and almost 40% of CKD patients don’t receive pre-kidney failure nephrology care. By the time their kidney disease is diagnosed - at an advanced and costly stage -- treatment choices are limited to transplant or dialysis.

NKF is dedicated to moving our healthcare system focus upstream and champions awareness, early detection, and early treatment, especially in high-risk communities.

Are You the 33%? Learn more about our nationwide CKD awareness campaign.

Listen to our Podcast Episode on CKD

NKF organizes the Coalition for Kidney Health, a multi-stakeholder group working to transform the landscape of chronic kidney disease (CKD). Learn more.

Read the most recent report on the state of Kidney Research (coming soon!)