CKD is on the rise
Earlier in March, the CDC released new statistics on Chronic kidney disease (CKD), showing that this chronic condition is on the rise. In fact, an estimated 37 million people in the US have CKD per the 2019 statistic, compared to 26 million people in 2017.
What is CKD?
CKD is a condition that occurs when kidneys no longer filter blood effectively, and while treatment can help manage symptoms, there is no cure. Risk factors for kidney disease include high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity. Individuals with CKD often have other chronic health conditions, as well, such as heart disease, anemia, and depression. Furthermore, when CKD progresses to late stages, it can result in end-stage kidney disease and kidney failure.
Detect it early
Shockingly, 90% of individuals with CKD are unaware they have the condition. Additionally, only 50% of those with very low kidney function (individuals with end-stage kidney disease) who are not on dialysis know they have kidney disease.
While there are risk factors for kidney disease, there are no outward symptoms. A blood test to measure the level of creatinine (a waste product produced by muscles) in the blood, and determine the albumin/creatinine ratio and the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) provides insight into CKD risk, and gives individuals the opportunity to better their health before entering end-stage kidney disease.
Employers that offer wellness screenings for employees can easily add these measures to their screening panel to screen for CKD risk. Not only does adding these measures help improve employee health, but can help positively impact healthcare spending, as well.
View this infographic for more information about CKD.
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