Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a condition characterized by gradual loss of kidney function over time.  CKD is common in people with cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and obesity.

According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, about 37 million US adults are estimated to have CKD, and most don’t know it.

According to the National Kidney Foundation:

  • 1 in 3 American adults are at risk for kidney disease.
  • Between 2000 and 2010, the rates of kidney failure caused by diabetes have doubled in Asian Americans ages 30-39. 
  • Hawai‘i’s kidney failure rate is 30% higher than the national rate. Of the Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders on dialysis, 26.7% are Japanese, 24.7% are Filipino, and 17% are Native Hawaiian (Kataoka-Yahiro, et al.,2012). Dialysis is a treatment for people whose kidneys are failing.