Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) | Causes & Risk Factors


What causes CKD?

The most common causes of CKD are high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease. Chronic kidney disease can also be caused by infections or urinary blockages.

Am I at risk for CKD?

You may be at risk if someone in your family has CKD or if you have diabetes or if you have high blood pressure. Talk to your doctor about your risk factors. It is important to diagnose CKD early.


Chronic Kidney Disease by Margaret Baumgarten, MD and Todd Gehr, MD (American Family Physician November 15, 2011,

Written by editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 02/14
Created: 05/05