What is Kidney Disease? (Definition)
According to the National Library of Medicine, Kidney disease means the kidneys are damaged and can no longer remove wastes and extra water from the blood as they should. Kidney disease is most often caused by diabetes or high blood pressure. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 20 million Americans may have kidney disease. Many more are at risk. The main risk factors for developing kidney disease are
- high blood pressure
- cardiovascular (heart and blood vessel) disease
- a family history of kidney failure
Kidney disease can get worse over time, and may lead to kidney failure. Kidney failure means very advanced kidney damage with less than 15% normal function. End-stage renal disease (ESRD) is kidney failure treated by dialysis or kidney transplant.
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Latest Kidney Disease News
Kidney Transplant Research: New Research Finds Adding Data Helps Physicians Better Predict Outcomes For Kidney Transplant Patients
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Kidney Disease Research News: World first MRI study sheds light on heart damage during kidney dialysis
Kidney Disease News: Researchers Find Connection With First-time Kidney Stone Formers and Chronic Kidney Disease