Kidney Facts

  • More than 20 million Americans have chronic kidney disease (CKD) and 26 million more are at an increased risk of getting it.
  • 1 in 10 American adults have CKD.
  • Alabama ranks 5th in the nation for kidney disease occurrence.
  • In 2013, more than 47,000 Americans died of kidney disease.
  • More than 661,000 Americans suffer from CKD.  Of these, 468,000 need an artificial kidney machine (dialysis), and approximately 193,000 live with a functioning kidney transplant.
  • Due to an organ shortage, more than 100,000 patients are currently waiting for a kidney transplant.
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of chronic kidney failure, accounting for 44% of the new cases each year and 35% of all cases in the U.S.
  • Uncontrolled or poorly controlled high blood pressure is the 2nd leading cause of CKD in the U.S. accounting for about 23% of U.S. cases.