Approximately 1.7 million Australians (1 in 10) aged 18 years and over have indicators of CKD such as reduced kidney function and/or the presence of albumin in the urine.
This means over 1.5 million Australians are unaware they have indicators of CKD.
Less than 10% of the people with CKD are aware they have this condition
1 in 3 adult Australians is at an increased risk of developing CKD
Adult Australians are at increased risk of CKD if they:
- have diabetes
- have high blood pressure
- have established heart problems (heart failure or heart attack) and/or have had a stroke
- have a family history of kidney failure
- are obese (Body Mass Index ≥ 30)
- are a smoker
- are 60 years or older
- are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin
- have a history of acute kidney injury
It is important to talk to your GP about your kidney condition and get appropriate investigations if you are in high risk category.