The kidneys are two bean-shaped organs. Each kidney is about the size of a fist. Your kidneys filter extra water and wastes out of your blood and make urine. Kidney disease means your kidneys are damaged and can’t filter blood the way they should.
You are at greater risk for kidney disease if you have diabetes or high blood pressure. If you experience kidney failure, treatments include kidney transplant or dialysis. Other kidney problems include acute kidney injury, kidney cysts, kidney stones, and kidney infections.
- Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Overview
- Preventing Chronic Kidney Disease
- Eating Right for Chronic Kidney Disease
- Understanding GFR
Understanding Your Kidneys and CKD
National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP)
NKDEP develops materials for people with kidney disease and the health care professionals who care for them.
- Your Kidney Test Results (PDF, 262 KB)
- Eating Right for Kidney Health
- Talk with Your Family about Kidney Health
- Talk with Your Faith Community about Kidney Health
Kidney Disease Topics
Chronic Kidney Disease
Other Kidney Topics
- Acquired Cystic Kidney Disease
- Amyloidosis and Kidney Disease
- Diabetes Insipidus
- Ectopic Kidney
- Glomerular Diseases
- Goodpasture Syndrome
- Henoch-Schönlein Purpura
- IgA Nephropathy
- Kidney Dysplasia
- Kidney Infection (Pyelonephritis)
Children & Youth
- Is My Child at Risk for Kidney Disease?
- Overview of Kidney Disease in Children
- Growth Failure of Children with Kidney Disease
- Nutrition for Kidney Disease in Children
- Treatment for Kidney Failure in Children