Love your Kidneys Newsletter January 2011

January 2011

The Top 5 Questions about Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease

Recent reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that one in three people in the United States will have diabetes by the year 2050. The number stands now at one in ten. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, responsible for nearly half of the new cases last year. Yet proper management and treatment of diabetes can help prevent the onset of kidney disease. This month, the National Kidney Foundation answers the top 5 questions about diabetes and chronic kidney disease.

Marriage Brings a Ring… and a Kidney?

People who get married may be more likely to receive a kidney transplant when they need one according to a new report published in the American Journal of Transplantation.

"This study really demonstrates how important the 'low-tech' things in life can be," said Dr. Lynda Szczech, President of the National Kidney Foundation. "As medicine works hard to improve the transplantation process and anti-rejection medications, people cannot forget the power that they have to really impact their own health and the health of their loved ones."

My Four Decades on Hemodialysis

By Bruce Schultz

I have been on hemodialysis for 39 years without interruption. In that time, I have learned a lot about how to live well. One of my favorite mantras is that dialysis can give you a longer lifespan, but it can't give you a life. Living productively and happily with chronic kidney disease means finding the information you need to become involved in your treatment and care. The National Kidney Foundation's many online resources are a great place to start.

Click here to read my story.

Warm Up with Delicious Carrot Ginger Soup

Winter has just begun and already "Let it Snow" seems to be this season's theme song. As your family members become re-acquainted with the shovel, heat up the kitchen with this kidney-friendly carrot ginger soup. It's a surefire way to thaw off those frozen fingers and toes.

Cozy AND Attractive—the "Love Your Kidneys" Blanket

Whether you're settling in for a dialysis treatment at the center or simply reading a book at home, the "Love Your Kidneys" fleece blanket will keep you toasty while spreading kidney awareness. Go to and use code LYK111 at checkout to receive a 25% discount on the blanket and all NKF and "Love Your Kidneys" apparel, gift and gear.