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Learn About Kidney Disease

What Causes Kidney Disease?

Diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular (heart or blood vessel) disease, and a family history of kidney failure are the key risk factors for chronic kidney disease. If you or a family member have any of these risk factors, it is important to learn about the basics of kidney disease and how to keep the kidneys healthy longer.​​

Living with Kidney Disease​

If you have been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease—or have a family member or friend who has—you probably have a lot of questions. What does it mean to have chronic kidney disease? How will it impact my health and my life? Will I need dialysis? What do I do now? We hope this site will provide some answers.​​

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