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What Causes Kidney Failure?

Each year about 115,000 people in the U.S. are found to have endstage kidney disease. In 3 out of 4 people who have endstage kidney disease, it is caused by:

  • high blood sugar (diabetes)
  • high blood pressure
  • glomerulonephritis (scars in the kidneys' tiny filters)

Other risk factors are:

  • high blood pressure
  • hardening of the arteries
  • African-American or Native American background
  • obesity
  • older age
  • untreated strep infections
  • chronic kidney infections
  • lupus
  • bad diarrhea
  • kidney stones
  • long-term use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen