Who is at increased risk for kidney disease?

Human body contains a pair of kidneys in the abdomen, whose function is┬áto filter the blood. Entire blood in our body passes through the kidneys several times during the day! The role of kidneys is to remove wastes, form urine, control body’s fluid balance & regulate electrolyte balance. Kidney disease can severely impair proper functioning of the body, chiefly due to accumulation of water and toxic substances in the body.

Who’s at Increased Risk for Kidney Disease?

  • Anyone with high blood pressure, diabetes
  • Anyone with a family history of kidney failure
  • African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians, Pacific Islanders and American Indians
  • Anyone age 60 and older
  • Individuals who are obese (body mass index of 30 or above)

Risk Reduction Tips from the National Kidney Foundation: Continue reading “Who is at increased risk for kidney disease?”