Chronic Kidney Disease
- Disease is the most common cause of chronic kidney disease. Often, these conditions destroy the kidney function slowly and silently. Only after years or even decades will the damage become apparent. You are at greater risk of CKD is you have one of the following:
- Diabetes — the leading cause
- High blood pressure — the second leading cause
- Family history of kidney failure
If you have diabetes or high blood pressure, you need to have your kidney function checked on a regular basis. Many people with early CKD can work with their urologist to delay or prevent complete kidney failure.
- Physical injury or poisoning can cause CKD where the damage to the kidneys happens quickly.