How common is Chronic Kidney Disease
- Chronic kidney disease is a growing health problem in the United States. A report by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) determined that 16.8% of all adults above the age of 20 years have chronic kidney disease.
- There are over 500,000 persons on dialysis or who have received kidney transplants.
- The prevalence of chronic kidney disease has increased by 16% from the previous decade. The increasing incidence of diabetes mellitus, hypertension (high blood pressure), obesity, and an aging population have contributed to this increase in kidney disease.
- Chronic kidney disease is more prevalent among individuals above 60 years of age (39.4%).
- Kidney disease is more common among Hispanic, African American, Asian or Pacific Islander, and Native American people.