Skip to content

To Know the Basics About Kidney Health / Causes of Kidney Disease

Two leading causes of kidney disease are diabetes and high blood pressure (hypertension)

Diabetes: When the body cannot produce or correctly use insulin, which regulates blood-sugar levels. High blood sugar levels can damage vital organs such as the kidneys.

For more information about diabetes, click here.

High Blood Pressure: Blood pressure is a measure of the force of the blood on the arterial walls. High blood pressure can damage the blood vessels in the kidneys by causing them to narrow, weaken or harden.

Other risk-factors

  • Obesity
  • A family history of diabetes or kidney disease
  • Overuse of Pain Medications The overuse of NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like ibuprofen (Advil) may lead to kidney damage when taken in excess long term. These drugs reduce the blood flow to the kidneys and can lead to kidney damage.
  • ACB peoples tend to have a higher rate of diabetes, high-blood pressure and kidney disease than other groups, making it essential that you are well informed about the causes and risk factors of kidney disease.

To read about the signs and symptoms of CKD, click here.