Kidney Disease

Kidney disease is common and can affect anyone. There is no cure.

Two million people suffer from early stage chronic kidney disease (CKD), but most are unaware that they have a problem with their kidneys.

There are 60,000 people with end stage renal failure (ESRF).

30,000 patients receive dialysis treatment to stay alive, 30,000 have been transplanted.

There are 3,000 kidney transplants per year, however 3,000 people die from kidney failure each year.

7,000 people are on the kidney transplant waiting list, on average a patient waits in excess of 1,000 days for a transplant.

At least one person on the transplant list dies every day waiting for a kidney to be donated.

Diabetes is the biggest cause of kidney failure.

Keep your kidneys healthy:

  • Check and reduce the salt in your daily diet
  • Check and keep your weight under control 
  • Check and control your blood pressure
  • Check and keep your blood glucose levels stable.
  • For more details call the NKF Helpline on 0800 169 0936 or visit