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Chronic Kidney Disease

Kidneys are very important for maintaining good health.  While each of the kidneys are just the size of a computer mouse, the kidneys filter all the blood in the body every 30 minutes.  The tiny filters work hard to remove waste, toxins, and excess fluid.  Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a condition in which the kidneys are damaged and cannot filter blood as well as they should.

  • Kidney diseases are the 10th leading cause of death in the United States
  • About 37 million people, or 15% of U.S. adults, are estimated to have CKD
  • More than 900,000 Michigan adults suffer from CKD
  • About 90% of people with CKD are not aware of their condition
  • Early CKD has no signs or symptoms
  • Specific blood and urine tests are needed to check for CKD

The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan and the Michigan Department of Health & Human services present the Michigan Chronic Kidney Disease Prevention Strategy 2021-2026 (pdf). The latest plan focuses on kidney disease prevention, early detection, and management and control efforts across Michigan.

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