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Who is at increased risk for chronic kidney disease?

Your doctor or clinic should check to see if you have any risk factors for chronic kidney disease (CKD). These include:
  • diabetes
  • high blood pressure
  • heart or blood vessel problems
  • a family history of kidney failure
  • older age 60 and older)
CKD is also more common in African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian or Pacific Islanders and American Indians.
People who have diabetes or high blood pressure are at increased risk of chronic kidney disease. Also, certain medications can cause kidney damage; for example, people who take too much ibuprofen can develop kidney failure.

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