Promote Kidney Health During National Kidney Month
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) affects an estimated 37 million Americans, amounting to 1 in 7 U.S. adults, and is most common in people over age 65. Since people with early-stage kidney disease usually don’t experience symptoms, 9 in 10 adults living with CKD remain unaware they have the disease.
The 2 largest risk factors for CKD are diabetes and hypertension, along with heart disease and obesity. These are all conditions that disproportionately impact minority populations. Those at high risk for CKD should be sure to get tested for the disease regularly. Medicare covers screenings for diabetes and cardiovascular disease.