Over Half of Middle-Aged Adults in U.S. at Risk for Chronic Kidney Disease

Posted on February 17, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a group of conditions that gradually impair kidney function over time. During the progression of the disease the kidneys become unable to properly filter waste and remove excess water from the body. This can lead to chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, anemia, nerve damage, bone weakness, and poor overall health. Eventually, many people with CKD undergo kidney failure and must go through dialysis or require a kidney transplant.

Over Half of Americans at Risk of CKD

A study by researchers at RTI International found that the number of Americans at risk of CKD may be higher than the National Kidney Foundation’s estimate of one in three.

Dr. Thomas Hoerger and his team developed an estimation model that accounted for current rates of CKD prevalence among older age groups. His samples came from people aged 30-49, 50-64, and 65 and older. An estimated 13.2 percent of adults 30 and older have CKD, and is expected to rise to 14.4 percent by 2020 and 16.7 percent by 2030.

The adults in the 30-49 age group were at the highest risk of developing CKD in their lifetime, with an estimated 54 percent of them likely to develop it. Percentages for other chronic disabling and potentially fatal diseases such as breast cancer and diabetes were lower, at 12.5 percent and 38 percent respectively. Dr. Hoerger’s comparison to other conditions emphasizes the severity of the estimated rise in CKD prevalence.

While pre-existing conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, and a history of kidney disease can increase your risk of developing CKD, anyone can develop the condition. Early detection and treatment is key to managing the disease’s progression and avoiding the potentially fatal stages.

If you or a loved one developed chronic kidney disease and is in need of a transplant or dialysis, he or she may be entitled to Social Security disability benefits. When you’re ready to get started, contact Disability Help Group for assistance and claim support. Call today – 1-(800)-800-3332.