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https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/KidneyFailure

What is kidney failure? Healthy kidneys do many important jobs. They keep your whole body in balance. They remove waste products and extra water from your body, help make red blood cells, and help control blood pressure. When you have kidney failure, it means your kidneys are damaged. They cannot...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/Diabetes-and-Kidney-Disease-Stages1-4

What is diabetes? Diabetes happens when your body does not make enough insulin or cannot use insulin properly. Insulin is a hormone. It controls how much sugar is in your blood. A high level of sugar in your blood can cause problems in many parts of your body, including your heart, kidneys, eyes,...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/diabetes_stage5

How diabetes affects your whole body When diabetes is not well controlled, the sugar level in your blood goes too high. This is called hyperglycemia. High blood sugar can cause damage to many parts of your body, especially: kidneys heart blood vessels eyes feet nerves Diabetes is the leading...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/gfr

What is eGFR? eGFR - Estimated glomerular filtration rate is the best test to measure your level of kidney function and determine your stage of kidney disease. Your doctor can calculate it from the results of your blood creatinine test, your age, body size and gender. Your GFR tells your doctor...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/atozTopic_KidneyDisease

6 Step Health Primer 5 Surprising Ways You Could Be Damaging Your Kidneys About Chronic Kidney Disease About Chronic Kidney Disease: A Guide for Patients and Their Families Chronic Kidney Disease: Are You at Risk? Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR) Tests to Measure Kidney Function, Damage and Detect...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/nutrikidfail_stage1-4

Why is good nutrition important for people with kidney disease? Making healthy food choices is important to us all, but it is even more important if you have kidney disease (CKD).  Good nutrition can help to: Provide energy to do your daily tasks Prevent infection Avoid muscle-mass loss Help...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/about-chronic-kidney-disease

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a condition characterized by a gradual loss of kidney function over time. To read more about kidney function, see How Your Kidneys Work. CKD is also known as chronic renal disease. What is Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)? The Facts About Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/kidneydiscauses

Your kidneys may be small, but they perform many vital functions that help maintain your overall health, including filtering waste and excess fluids from your blood. Serious kidney disease may lead to complete kidney failure and the need for dialysis treatments or a kidney transplant to stay alive...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/diabetes

Diabetes mellitus, usually called diabetes, is a disease in which your body does not make enough insulin or cannot use normal amounts of insulin properly. Insulin is a hormone that regulates the amount of sugar in your blood. A high blood sugar level can cause problems in many parts of your body....

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/Diabetes-and-Kidney-Failure-Stage5

What is diabetes? Diabetes happens when your body does not make enough insulin or cannot use insulin properly. Insulin is a hormone. It controls how much sugar is in your blood. A high level of sugar in your blood can cause damage to the very small blood vessels in your kidneys.  Over time,...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/hepatitis-c-and-chronic-kidney-disease-overview-evaluation-and-management

Hepatitis C Hepatitis C virus infection (HCV) is associated with increased risk of liver fibrosis or cirrhosis and development of hepatocellular carcinoma.1,2 HCV infection is also a common indication for liver transplant in the United States. The HCV genome is a single-stranded, positive sense RNA...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/what-are-oxalate-kidney-stones

By Jessianna Saville, MS, RDN, LD, CSR, CLT   Oxalates are a natural substance in many foods. They bind to calcium during digestion in the stomach and intestines and leave the body in stool. Oxalate that is not bound to calcium travels as a waste product from the blood to the kidneys where it...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/hyperkalemia/facts

What is High Potassium (Hyperkalemia)? High levels of potassium in the blood (called hyperkalemia) is unpredictable and can be life-threatening. It can cause serious heart problems and sudden death.1-3 There are often no warning signs, meaning a person can have high potassium without knowing it....

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/-how-much-plant-based-protein-can-you-eat-based-your-stage-kidney-disease

By Gretchen Wiese, RD and Kathleen Hill Gallant, PhD, RD Why is protein important?   Protein is an important part of a balanced diet because it is necessary to help build muscles, perform daily activities and heal wounds. Healthy kidneys get rid of the wastes your body makes when it...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/what_anemia_ckd

What is anemia? Anemia happens when your red blood cells are in short supply. Red blood cells carry oxygen from your lungs to all parts of your body, giving you the energy you need for your daily activities. What are the symptoms of anemia? Anemia can cause you to: Look pale Feel tired Have little...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/pregnancy

A new baby is a joy for any family. But pregnancy can put a lot of stress on your body. If you have kidney disease or kidney failure, it can put you and the health of your unborn child at risk. Are you thinking about pregnancy? If so, you should discuss it beforehand with your doctor or other...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/cholesterol

What is cholesterol? Cholesterol is a fat-like substance found in your blood. Your body can make cholesterol as well as get it from eating meats and other animal food products. Why is cholesterol important? Too much cholesterol can build up in your blood vessels. This build up can narrow vessels...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/hispanics-kd

Hispanics are at greater risk for kidney disease and kidney failure than White Americans. In fact, Hispanics are 1½ times more likely to have kidney failure compared to other Americans. In 2010, 13% of new kidney failure patients were Hispanic. Researchers do not fully understand why Hispanics are...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/minorities-KD

Black Americans, Hispanics, Asians, Pacific Islanders, American Indians and Alaska Natives are at the highest risk for kidney disease and kidney failure. In fact, Black Americans are 3 times more likely and Hispanics are 1½ times more likely to have kidney failure compared to White Americans....

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/AfricanAmericans-KD

African Americans have a higher rate of kidney failure than any other group of people. In fact, African Americans are three to four times more likely to have kidney failure than white Americans. It is not fully understood why African Americans are at a higher risk. However, diabetes, high blood...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/herbalsupp

Is it safe to use herbal supplements if I have kidney disease? No. You may think about using herbal supplements to help with any health concerns you may have, but as a patient with kidney disease, you should not use herbal supplements. Use of herbal supplements is unsafe if you have kidney disease...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/what-hyperkalemia

What is hyperkalemia? High potassium (called “hyperkalemia”) is a medical problem in which you have too much potassium in your blood. Your body needs potassium. It is an important nutrient that is found in many of the foods you eat. Potassium helps your nerves and muscles, including your heart,...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/hearthealthyckdlipids

This item is currently only available for download in PDF format using the link(s) below. Click here to download the PDF If you would like more information, please contact us. © 2015 National Kidney Foundation. All rights reserved. This material does not constitute medical advice. It is intended...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/nutrichild

Poor growth and weight gain are two major problems for children with kidney failure, so diet is usually not restricted unless needed. Children grow fastest during the first two years of life. The earlier the age at which kidney failure occurs, the more likely growth will be affected. The goals in...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/carbcount

What is carbohydrate counting? Carbohydrate counting is a way for you to keep track of the amount of sugar, known as carbohydrates, that you eat. If you have diabetes, it is important to learn about carbohydrates found in food. Keeping track of your carbohydrate intake will help you control your...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/atriskckd

How do you know? Your doctor or clinic should check to see if you have any risk factors for chronic kidney disease. These include: diabetes high blood pressure a family history of kidney failure older age. Chronic kidney disease is also more common in African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asians...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/managing-your-emotions-while-living-kidney-disease

Being a teenager can be tough with or without kidney disease.  But having kidney disease can make it even harder. The good news? Learning to cope with your feelings can help.  It can make the extra challenge of living with kidney disease easier. Why are my emotions all over the place?...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/gout/patient-facts

Epidemiology Gout has been steadily increasing worldwide, and is now the most common type of inflammatory arthropathy in adults.1 In the United States alone, its prevalence more than doubled between the 1960s and the1990s,2,3 and it is now estimated at 3.9% of U.S. adults (8.3 million adults — 6....

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/palliative-care-helps-patients-kidney-disease

Too few patients and family caregivers are aware that palliative care can and should be offered to all people living with serious illnesses including kidney disease, from the time of diagnosis and regardless of age or stage of disease progression. Palliative care could be right for you if you are...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/AmericanIndians-KD

American Indians and Alaska Natives are at greater risk for kidney disease and kidney failure than White Americans. In fact, American Indians and Alaska Natives are 50% more likely to have kidney failure compared to White Americans. Researchers do not fully understand why American Indians and...