Chronic kidney disease, diabetes, and hypertension: What's in a name

Andrew S. Levey, Brad C. Astor, Lesley A. Stevens, Josef Coresh

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Chronic kidney disease, as defined by albuminuria or decreased estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), affects 11.6% of the adult population in the United States. CKD frequently occurs in association with diabetes and hypertension, suggesting that vascular disease is a likely cause in many people. We provide data on the frequency of diabetes, hypertension, or both, according to albumin-to-creatinine ratio and eGFR, and review the rationale for retaining the current name.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-22
Number of pages4
JournalKidney international
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 2010


  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology


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