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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.

What you should know about kidney disease:
  • Early kidney disease has no signs or symptoms.
  • Kidney disease usually does not go away.
  • Kidney disease can be treated. The earlier you know you have it, the better.
  • Kidney disease can progress to kidney failure.​​​​​
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