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WASHINGTON, DC – The prevalence of chronic kidney disease (CKD) is higher in the United States than in Europe, partly because the incidence of risk factors like diabetes and obesity is higher in America than in most European countries, according to a Kidney Week 2019 presentation.

In contrast, blood pressure levels are lower in the U.S. than in Europe, said Kitty J. Jager MD, PhD, a professor of medical informatics and kidney epidemiology at Amsterdam University Medical Center in The Netherlands, during a talk on “CKD in the United States and Europe: Juxtaposing the Epidemiology and Evolution.”