Older Americans at Higher Risk for Kidney Disease
Many people are surprised to learn that an individual can lose up to 90 percent of kidney function before any symptoms of kidney disease develop. And since the elderly are at a higher risk of kidney disease, older Americans-and their caregivers-must be vigilant. Kidney disease cannot be cured, only treated, so the sooner you know your parent is suffering from kidney disease, the better.
If your aging parent is suffering from kidney disease, or is at high risk of developing the condition, it is important that you have all of the facts.
Many older Americans don’t realize they are at an increased risk for kidney disease until it is too late. Thankfully, simple screening tests are available.
Adults older than 75 are the fastest growing group of people beginning dialysis. Their number one question: “What’s my prognosis?”