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amyloidosis_kidney diseaseAmyloidosis & Kidney Disease Proteins are important building blocks for all body parts, includ­ing muscles, bones, hair, and nails. Proteins circulate throughout the body in the blood and are normally harmless. Occasionally, cells produce abnormal proteins that can settle in body tissue, forming deposits and causing disease. Download Full Article to Read On >>

Anemia-KidneyAnemia in Kidney Disease and Dialysis: What is Anemia? A person whose blood is low in red blood cells has anemia. Red blood cells carry oxygen (O2) to tissues and organs throughout the body and enable them to use the energy from food. Download Full Article to Read On >>

anemia_infla chron disAnemia of Inflammation and Chronic Disease: AI/ACD is a type of anemia that commonly occurs with chronic, or long-term, illnesses or infections. Cancer and inflammatory disorders, in which abnormal activation of the immune system occurs, can also cause AI/ACD. Download Full Article to Read On >>

CKD StagesCKD Stages: In 2002 the National Kidney Foundation published treatment guidelines that identified five stages of kidney disease. These nationally recognized stages are determined by your nephrologist and the GFR calculation. Your glomerular filtration rate, also called GFR is an important tool in determining your stage of kidney disease. Download Full Article to Read On >>

KidneyStonePrevDiet for Kidney Stone Prevention: How does diet affect the risk of developing kidney stones? Diet is one of several factors that can pro­mote or inhibit kidney stone formation. Other factors include heredity, environment,weight, and uid intake. Download Full Article to Read On >>

EatRt_HemoEat Right to Feel Right on Hemodialysis: How does food affect my hemodialysis? Food gives you energy and helps your body repair itself. Food is broken down in your stomach and intestines. Your blood picks up nutrients from the digested food and carries them to all your body cells. These cells take nutrients from your blood and put waste products back into the bloodstream. Download Full Article to Read On >>

glomerulusGlomerular Diseases: Many diseases affect kidney function by attacking the glomeruli, the tiny units within the kidney where blood is cleaned. Glomerular diseases include many condi­tions with a variety of genetic and environ­ mental causes…  Download Full Article to Read On >>

BP_KidDisHigh Blood Pressure and Kidney Disease: The kidneys play a key role in keeping a person’s blood pressure in a healthy range, and blood pressure, in turn, can affect the health of the kidneys. High blood pressure, also called hypertension, can damage the kidneys and lead to chronic kidney disease(CKD).   Download Full Article to Read On >>

High-Oxalate-FoodsHigh Oxalate Foods: People prone to forming calcium oxalate stones may be asked by their doctor to limit or avoid certain foods if their urine contains an excess of oxalate. Download The Food List >>

hiPhosFoodsHigh Phosphorus Foods: Phosphorus is a miner found in many foods that you eat. When your kidneys are not working well, phosphorus builds up in the blood and leads to bone disease. Symptoms of bone disease are itching, bone pain, joint pain, and broken bones. Eating a low phosphorus diet will help to prevent bone disease.  Download The Food List >>

homehemoHome Hemodialysis: A small but growing number of clinics offer home HD in addition to standard HD treat­ments. The patient starts learning to do treat­ments at the clinic, working with a dialysis nurse. Most people who do home HD have helpers who train with them at the clinic. Download Full Article to Read On >>

IgA_NephroIgA Nephropathy: IgA nephropathy is a kidney disorder that occurs when IgA—a protein that helps the body fight infections—settles in the kid­neys. After many years, the IgA deposits may cause the kidneys to leak blood and sometimes protein in the urine. Download Full Article to Read On >>

kidney_biopsyA biopsy is a diagnostic test that involves collecting small pieces of tissue, usually through a needle, for examination with a microscope.  Download Full Article to Read On >>

low oxilateLow Oxalate Diet People prone to forming calcium oxalate stones may be asked by their doctor to limit or avoid certain foods if their urine contains an excess of oxalate. Download The Food List >>

MagnesiumDietMagnesium Rich Foods  What foods are rich in Magnesium?  Download The Food List >>

ckd_mbdMineral and Bone Disorder in CKD  CKD-MBD occurs when the kidneys fail to maintain the proper levels of calcium and phosphorus in the blood, leading to abnormal bone hormone levels. Download Full Article to Read On >>

nephrotoxicNephrotoxic Medications  Some medicines can make your kidneys work harder. In order to protect your kidneys as much as possible, your kidney doctor may want to change the amount or the type of medicine you take.  Download The Medication List >>

NSAIDSNSAIDs  Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs Download The Medication List >>

CKDin AdultsNutrition for Later CKD in Adults  As kidney disease progresses, nutritional needs change as well. If you have reduced kidney function, your doctor may recom­mend that you change your diet to protect your kidneys. Download Full Article to Read On >>

pdcathplacePD Catheter Placement – What to Expect  PD is quick to learn, easy to do and puts you in charge. Getting the catheter placed can be the most alarming thing about it. Knowing what to expect – and what to ask for – can help make it easier on you. Download Full Article to Read On >>

PeritonealDosePD Dose and Adequacy  When kidneys fail, waste prod­ucts such as urea and creatinine build up in the blood. One way to remove these wastes is a process called peritoneal dialysis (PD).  Download Full Article to Read On >>

PDPD  With peritoneal dialysis (PD), you have some choices in treating advanced and permanent kidney failure. Since the 1980s, when PD first became a practical and widespread treatment for kidney failure, much has been learned about how to make PD more effective and minimize side effects. Download Full Article to Read On >>

phosphorusPhosphorus Foods  Review a list of foods with low, high and the highest Phosphorus levels. Download The Food List >>

PolycysticKidneyPKD  Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a genetic disorder characterized by the growth of numerous cysts in the kidneys. Download Full Article to Read On >>

potassiumPotassium Foods Review a list of foods with low, high and the highest Potassium levels. Download The Food List >>

ProteinProtein  Review a list of foods with low, high and the highest Protein levels. Download The Food List >>

purinerestdietPurine Restricted Diet  This diet is intended to reduce overall purine intake which is broken down into uric acid. Download The Food List >>

nosalt1Sodium Restricted Diet  Sodium is a mineral that is found in salt and in many foods. It has an effect like a sponge by drawing fluid to it. If you eat more sodium than your body needs, the sodium will build up in your body.  Download Full Article to Read On >>

solitkidneySolitary Kidney  Most people have two kidneys, one on each side of the spinal column in the back just below the rib cage. Each kidney is about the size of a fist and contains about 1 million nephrons. Some people have only one kidney for a few different reasons. Download Full Article to Read On >>

vein_fistulaVein Preservation and Fistula Protection  People with chronic kidney disease(CKD) or a disease like diabetes, hypertension, lupus, or polycystic kidney disease that can damage the kidneys could develop kidney failure requiring dialysis. Hemodialysis is done with a vascular access — an arteriovenous fistula (usually in an arm), anarteriovenous graft (in an arm or leg), or a central venous catheter. Download Full Article to Read On >>

Vascular Access for HemodialysisVascular Access for Hemodialysis  If you are starting hemodialysis treatments in the next several months, you need to work with your health care team to learn how the treatments work and how to get the most from them. Download Full Article to Read On >>


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