Serious Kidney Problems: Demographics and Statistics

Healthy kidneys filter toxins, like urea, nitrogen, and creatine, from the body. They also help blood pressure, fluid levels, help make red blood cells, and even keep bones healthy! If they aren’t working properly, these important actions slow down or stop. This can lead to serious kidney problems.

Kidney Damage

Kidney problems range from mild to severe and are often irreversible. The only reversible kidney problems are called acute. These are caused by trauma, severe dehydration, medication, or lack of blood flow. If caught early enough, acute kidney problems can be reversed. 

Not the leading cause of death (but the most expensive to treat)

Kidney problems often strike silently, with little or no symptoms showing until serious damage is done. It is the 9th leading cause of death in America, with more than 37 million having Chronic Kidney problems.1


More than 100,000 Americans begin dialysis every year.  20% die within a year and 50% die within 5 years.1


According to the National Kidney Foundation, “One person is added to the kidney transplant list every 14 minutes". That may sound bad, but "13 people” on that list die every day.2


Kidney problems can have lasting effects on the body. DaVita, one of the largest providers of dialysis, explain that the following often accompanys kidney problems: diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular complications, lung problems, peripheral vascular problems, neurological issues, and malnutrition.3

Remember, kidney problems often strike silently. The best way to maintain your kidneys is to catch the problem before severe damage occurs.

Works Cited

1Exec Order No 13879.  84 FR 33. Page 33817-33819 (2019).

2Organ Donation and Transplantation Statistics. (2016, January 11). Retrieved October 15, 2019, from

3Living with comorbidities and chronic kidney disease. (n.d.). Retrieved October 15, 2019, from


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