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Mission Statement

The National Kidney Foundation is the leading organization in the U.S. dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease for hundreds of thousands of healthcare professionals, millions of patients and their families, and tens of millions of Americans at risk.


It all started back in 1950. Learn how the NKF has evolved into a leading health organization dedicated to fighting kidney disease.

The NKF Board of Directors consists of nephrologists, other kidney health care team members, civic leaders with diverse business expertise and people affected by kidney disease.

Our new multimedia public education campaign, "Now! you know" aims to inform those at risk and those who already have kidney disease about what they can do to protect their kidneys and improve their health. "Now! you know" addresses the lack of knowledge about kidney disease, even among those most affected.


  • 1 in 3 American adults is currently at risk for developing kidney disease.The risk increases to 1 in 2 over the course of a lifetime.
  • 26 million American adults have kidney disease -- and most don't know it.
  • High blood pressure and diabetes are the two leading causes of kidney disease.
  • Major risk factors for kidney disease include diabetes, high blood pressure, family history of kidney failure and being age 60 or older.
  • Additional risk factors include kidney stones, smoking, obesity and cardiovascular disease.
  • Kidney disease is the 9th leading cause of death in the United States. Every year, kidney disease kills more people than breast or prostate cancer.
  • Because kidney disease often has no symptoms, it can go undetected until it is very advanced.
  • Early detection and treatment can slow or prevent the progression of kidney disease.
  • Those at risk should have simple blood and urine tests to check if their kidneys are working properly.
  • Black Americans are 3 times more likely to experience kidney failure.
  • Hispanics are 1 ½ times more likely to experience kidney failure.
  • Every 30 minutes, your kidneys filter all the blood in your body, removing waste and excess fluid.
  • Of 120,000 Americans currently on the waiting list for a lifesaving organ transplant, more than 100,000 need a kidney. Fewer than 17,000 people receive one each year.
  • Every day 12 people die waiting for a kidney.
  • Most people have two kidneys, but it is possible to live with only one.
  • Once the kidneys fail, dialysis or a kidney transplant is required.
  • Approximately 430,000 Americans are on dialysis and approximately 185,000 live with a functioning kidney transplant.
High Blood Pressure
  • High blood pressure is the second leading cause of kidney disease.
  • 73 million American adults have high blood pressure.
  • Since high blood pressure usually has no symptoms, it's important to have regular blood pressure check-ups.
  • 20% of all Americans with high blood pressure don't know they have it.
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney disease.
  • Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes.
  • More than 224,000 people are currently living with kidney failure caused by diabetes
Kidney Stones
  • 1 in 10 Americans will have a kidney stone during his or her lifetime.
  • Each year, more than half a million people visit emergency rooms for kidney stone problems.
  • White Americans are more prone to developing kidney stones.
  • Men are much more likely than women to develop kidney stones.
Kidney Cancer
  • Kidney cancer is nearly twice as common in men as in women.
  • Black Americans have a slightly higher rate of kidney cancer than white Americans.
Economic Burden of Kidney Disease
  • Annual medical payments for a patient with kidney disease increase from $15,000 in stage 3 to $28,000 in stage 4 to more than $70,000 in stage 5.
  • The average annual number of physician visits for an individual with diagnosed kidney disease is 10.28 -- second only to cancer.
  • Medicare spends nearly $30 billion annually to treat people with kidney failure.


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