What is chronic kidney disease?

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) occurs when the kidneys fail to adequately filter toxins and waste products from the blood. The most common causes of chronic kidney disease are diabetes and high blood pressure. CKD can progress to complete kidney failure, also called end stage renal disease.

How do members experience chronic kidney disease?

Top 5 symptoms reported by people with chronic kidney disease*

*Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.

Top treatments taken by people for chronic kidney disease*

Who has chronic kidney disease on PatientsLikeMe?


Age Proportion # of patients
<20 34
20s 197
30s 542
40s 1,032
50s 1,830
60s 2,388
70+ 2,103

Distribution of sex


Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 2,381
Female 4,810