E-Kidney Newsletter July 2008

July 2008

Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease: A Harmful Combination

About a third of the 21 million Americans with diabetes may get chronic kidney disease. Why are these two conditions linked? And what can people with diabetes do to prevent kidney disease?

Being vigilant about controlling diabetes can help slow the progression to kidney failure. Current research also suggests that managing high blood pressure, controlling blood sugar levels and reducing dietary protein intake are critically important.

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From 2 to 81… Athletes of All Ages Compete at the National Kidney Foundation 2008 U.S. Transplant Games

If you had asked Bill Keys 22 years ago if he thought that he'd live to see his 80s, chances are he would have said no. After suffering a massive heart attack in 1986 at the age of 59, his future looked grim. Today, at 81, he is the oldest transplant athlete competing in the National Kidney Foundation 2008 U.S. Transplant Games and he will take his place beside 2-year-old Abigail Dooley, the Games' youngest competitor, at the Opening Ceremonies on July 12, when the two will recite the Athlete Oath together.

The U.S. Transplant Games, which will be Bill's 7th and Abigail's first, are an Olympic-style sporting competition for people with life-saving transplants, including kidney, heart, lung, liver, pancreas and bone marrow. Athletes compete for medals in 12 different sports events, including track and field, swimming, bowling, badminton, tennis, basketball, golf and cycling.

For more on Bill and Abigail's stories click here.

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Simple Summer Fare from the Kidney Kitchen

Summer's here, and it's time to celebrate with outdoor parties and your favorite seasonal foods. Spice up your bash with this delicious and healthy pineapple appetizer. Low in fat and phosphorus, it's the perfect recipe to help kick off your summer.

Click here for the spiced pineapple appetizer recipe.

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Recycled Hemodialysis Water a Boon to Drought-Stricken Areas

Hemodialysis centers use a huge amount of water, but now, research shows that this water can safely be recycled for agricultural purposes, saving money for the dialysis center at the same time.

The process of recycling water from dialysis facilities is feasible and cost-effective, Dr. Faissal Tarrass and colleagues, of Hassani General Hospital in Nador, Morocco, report in the July issue of the American Journal of Kidney Diseases, the official journal of the National Kidney Foundation.

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NKF Commemorates 35th Anniversary of Medicare ESRD Program

The National Kidney Foundation recognizes the 35th anniversary of the landmark Medicare End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Program which went into effect on July 1, 1973. This legislation, Public Law 92-603, signed by President Richard Nixon, provides near universal coverage under Medicare for every patient suffering from kidney failure, regardless of age or prior disability, and has since benefited millions of kidney patients and their families.

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Loss of Smell May be Associated with Severe Malnutrition in Kidney Dialysis Patients

Everyone who has ever had a head cold knows how food temporarily loses its appeal when it doesn't smell right. Many patients on dialysis also lose their sense of smell, but for them, the condition is permanent and may be associated with severe malnutrition.

People with severe kidney disease require dialysis to keep the body "in balance." Dialysis removes waste, salt and extra water to prevent them from building up in the body, and helps to control blood pressure, says Allan J. Collins, MD, President of the National Kidney Foundation. However, malnutrition affects up to three-quarters of patients on hemodialysis, and as kidney function declines, patients eat less and less.

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