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.