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Questions about kidney disease? Risk factors? Signs and symptoms? Are you concerned about yourself, a friend or family member? Ask Dr. Spry.
Parents of newborns who tip the scales at less than 5 1/2 pounds should put some heavy thought to a possible future consequence: kidney disease. Low birth weight babies have a 70% greater risk of developing chronic kidney disease (CKD) in later life, according to research, published in the August issue of the American Journal of Kidney Disease, the official journal of the National Kidney Foundation.
Although it's most often discussed among middle aged men in stressful jobs, high blood pressure is common in children with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Since early detection and treatment of high blood pressure helps reduce complications, it's important that children with chronic kidney disease be monitored regularly for high blood pressure.
Lifestyle changes , including keeping weight down, can make a big difference in managing blood pressure in children.
Bryan Wentzell, of Portland, Maine, knows something about resilience. An avid hiker, backpacker and skier, he has proven that nothing can hold him back from the outdoor sports he loves—not even a diagnosis of kidney disease, tiring dialysis treatments or a kidney transplant. Bryan is one of 171 members of Team USA, managed by the National Kidney Foundation, who is gearing up for this summer's World Transplant Games. Click here for Bryan's story.
Family members of those on dialysis spend much of their time caring for loved ones by helping monitor their diet, driving to and from treatment and doctor visits and performing essential daily tasks that patients are too exhausted to manage. But too many family members overlook one very important issue. They themselves are at increased risk for developing chronic kidney disease (CKD and they should check their kidney function regularly).
Along with diabetes and high blood pressure, family history is one of the top risk factors for CKD. While there is nothing you can do to change your genetics, you can delay or even avoid kidney failure through early detection of CKD.
If the "dog days" of summer are slowing you down this August, here's a simple recipe for beating the heat. Whip up the Kidney Kitchen's frosty strawberry lemon thyme sorbet. It's healthy and easy to make, so you won't work up a sweat pulling it together. Perfect for a sunset dessert right after that late summer barbecue!
Honk if you Love Your Kidneys. Whether you're going for a warm-weather road trip or simply running errands around town, you can effortlessly help support the kidney cause with the durable and easy to install "Love Your Kidneys" plastic license plate frame. Attach it to your vehicle and you can show your support for the NKF and kidney patients in style.
At just $3 for NKF members and $5 for non-members, this red and orange plastic license plate frame is a great way to educate others about the importance of early detection every time you take your car out for a spin. It's available at the NKF Store along with NKF and Love Your Kidneys hats, shirts, umbrellas, buttons and more.
Get some exercise, enjoy the outdoors and support the NKF's programs for kidney patients by participating in a Kidney Walk or an NKF Golf Classic Tournament this summer and fall. Nearly 50 non-competitive walks are scheduled in 21 states and Washington, DC. Golf events, with winners eligible for the National Championship at Pebble Beach, CA in January are being held from Florida to California. Click here for full details and to register.