By Patsy Westcott in SAGA Magazine.
One in ten Britons have chronic kidney disease (CKD) – soaring to one in two by the age of 75. A further million, meanwhile, have the condition but are unaware of it.
Worryingly, half of those with the most common risk factors – high blood pressure, diabetes and disease of the heart and blood vessels – don’t consider themselves at risk of kidney problems. But the good news is there are lots of ways to make sure your kidneys are working as they should.
What causes kidney problems?
The most common – and controllable – reasons are high blood pressure and poorly controlled diabetes. Other risk factors include:
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