CDC Kidney Education Program

The CDC Kidney Education Program provides free education and support to persons with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and their families to improve health outcomes. The program offers individualized appointments and/or classes and provides educational information to patients and their families to learn about kidney disease and its risk factors.

What is Chronic Kidney Disease? Chronic kidney disease is a permanent, progressive loss of kidney function due to kidney damage. As the disease progresses, the kidneys are not able to remove waste and extra water from the body as well as they should. Waste can build up to high levels in the blood and make you feel sick. CKD typically develops slowly; so many people may not even realize that they have it.

The Glomular Filtration Rate (GFR) or kidney score is the best test to determine your level of kidney function and your stage of kidney disease. Your doctor can calculate your kidney score from the results of your blood creatinine test, your age, race and gender.

The CDC Kidney Education Program can help you understand your kidney score and may delay the need for dialysis. Should you need dialysis, we will assist you in making treatment choices based on your health, support system and lifestyle. This program will empower you to have a positive attitude, ask questions about your health and take action so you can successfully manage your kidney disease. Call toll free at (855) KEP-4CDC or (855) 537-4232 for more information.

CKD Facts:

  • Approximately 32 million U.S. adults have CKD
  • Up to 40% of people with diabetes may eventually develop CKD
  • Over 2/3 of cases of CKD are caused by diabetes and high blood pressure

Common CKD Risk Factors Include:

  • Diabetes: The leading cause of CKD in the U.S.
  • High blood pressure (Hypertension): The second leading cause of CKD
  • Family history: If someone in your family has had CKD, you are at increased risk for developing CKD
  • Advance age: People aged 65 or older are more likely to develop CKD than your younger adults
  • Ethnicity/Race: Some groups of people are more at risk for CKD, including African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics, Pacific Islanders and Asians

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