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What increases my risk for kidney disease?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Your risk for kidney disease can be increased by a number of factors and may vary depending on which specific disease you look at. Diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, family history of kidney disease, habitual use of some over-the-counter medications, and physical trauma to the kidney increase your risk for kidney disease. Age is a risk factor, because adults are significantly more likely to develop the disease than children.

In children, the risk of hereditary or congenital (developed in the womb) kidney disease is almost double for boys. People of color are more likely to develop kidney failure because they are more prone to diseases that damage the filtering nephrons in the kidneys. You should talk to your doctor to assess your risk for kidney disease.

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