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    What Increases Your Risk

    Some of the things that lead to chronic kidney disease are related to your age and your genetic makeup. You may be able to control other things that increase your risk, such as dietary habits and exercise.

    Things you cannot control

    The main risk factors for chronic kidney disease are:

    • Age. The kidneys begin to get smaller as people get older.
    • Race. African-Americans and Native Americans are more likely to get chronic kidney disease.
    • Being male. Men have a higher risk for chronic kidney disease than women do.
    • Family history. Family history is a factor in the development of both diabetes and high blood pressure, the major causes of chronic kidney disease. Polycystic kidney disease is one of several inherited diseases that cause kidney failure.

    Things you may be able to control

    You may be able to slow the progression of chronic kidney disease and prevent or delay kidney failure by controlling things that increase your risk of kidney damage, such as:

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    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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