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Common causes of CKD

Some people are more at risk of getting CKD. People who are in the higher risk group include those who:

If you or a member of your family are in one of these groups, talk to your doctor about being tested for kidney problems. Also find out what you can do to keep them healthy and functioning well.

The two most common causes of kidney disease are diabetes and high blood pressure.


When your blood sugar is raised, it causes damage to many blood vessels in your body, including the blood vessels in your kidneys.

About one in three people with diabetes will end up with some kidney damage.

Kidney disease caused by diabetes is called diabetic nephropathy.

Read more about diabetes & kidney disease.

High blood pressure

High blood pressure damages the small vessels that take blood to the kidney filters and can also damage the filters themselves.

Read more about high blood pressure & kidney disease.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Page created July 2021.


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