What causes kidney disease?

Diabetes, hypertension, and obesity account for 70% of kidney ailments in the United States.

Other causes of kidney disease include:

  • Inherited diseases, such as Polycystic Kidney Disease or PKD
  • Congenital deformity leading to obstruction of the urinary tract
  • Obstructions caused by kidney stones, tumors, or an enlarged prostate gland in men
  • Repeated urinary infections, kidney infections (pyelonephritis), or blood infections (septicemia)
  • Reduced blood supply to the kidneys
  • Kidney cancer
  • Lupus
  • Drug overdose or ingestion of toxic substances
  • Intravenous drug abuse
  • Trauma or injury to the kidneys or renal arteries
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