Understanding the causes of chronic kidney disease (CKD) is important for preventing and managing this condition.
According to the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III), one of the most comprehensive sources of epidemiological data regarding CKD, close to 11% of the adult population could have some degree of the disease.
Studies suggest that by identifying and treating the CKD early, patients are less likely to need renal replacement therapy, such as hemodialysis or even a kidney transplant. The data, nonetheless, shows that CKD is often disregarded at its earliest stages when it’s still treatable. This is usually due to the lack of any particular symptoms or follow-up.
The key to avoiding kidney disease is prevention, so raising awareness as to what might be the reason behind CKD is crucial.