Disease Management

End-stage renal disease incidence plateaus for now


Federal government statistics show that ESRD incidence has plateaued in recent years after decades of increases. More aggressive treatment of blood pressure in patients with proteinuric renal disease may be one explanation for the number of new cases of ESRD leveling off. ESRD patients are living longer, so the prevalence of ESRD is increasing.

Trends in the number of incident cases of ESRD, by modality, U.S. population, 1980–2012

ESRD=end-stage renal disease.
Source: United States Renal Data System 2014 Annual Data Report, Vol. 2

Trends in the number of prevalent cases of ESRD, by modality, U.S. population, 1980–2012

NHANES participants with CKD aware of their kidney disease, 1999–2010

CKD=chronic kidney disease, NHANES= National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
Source: United States Renal Data System 2014 Annual Data Report, Vol. 1

Adjusted mortality rates in Medicare patients age ≥66, by CVD, diabetes, and CKD status, 2012

CKD=chronic kidney disease, CVD=cardiovascular disease, DM=diabetes mellitus.

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