Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a long-term condition caused by the inability of the kidneys to function effectively.
- Around 10 percent of the world’s population is affected by chronic kidney disease.
- It is estimated that the disease affects 13 percent of Qatar’s population.
- Diabetes and hypertension are the leading causes of kidney disorders in Qatar.
- Kidney disease can affect people of all ages and races.
- The early stages of kidney disease display very few, or no, symptoms.
Risk factors for CKD:
There are many risk factors contributing to the development of kidney disorders. It is important that people are aware of these risk factors and take steps to prevent them, where possible.
Preventable risk factors:
- High blood pressure (major risk factor)
- Diabetes (major risk factor)
- Excess body fat
Non-preventable risk factors:
- Family history of CKD
- Being over 50 years old
- You are of African, Hispanic, Aboriginal or Asian origin