Individuals with kidney diseases are living longer and fuller lives, with more choices and better access to kidney care than ever before.
That’s good news for the more than 30 million Americans living with kidney diseases, and welcome news for their families and loved ones, employers and communities too.
Kidney disease is a silent killer that strains our healthcare system. Left untreated, kidney diseases can develop into end stage renal disease (ESRD) – or kidney failure – requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant to live.
The first year on dialysis is especially challenging. But today, the rate of individuals reaching kidney failure is declining, and those on dialysis are living longer and spending less time in hospitals, saving lives and our nation’s health care system billions of dollars.
These are positive trends, but there’s more to be done. A continued focus on earlier diagnoses and innovative approaches to treatment are critical. Increased access to living organ donations must also be a top priority.
The future of kidney care looks bright. By working collaboratively with Congress and the Administration, we are advancing policies to promote education and awareness, improve quality of life for patients, and increase investment in research and innovation in care.