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Episode 13: What are SGLT2 Inhibitors and are they the right drug for you?
You might have heard about drugs called SGLT2 inhibitors used in treatment of kidney disease, but, just like many other kidney patients, you might not know if they’re right for you. On this episode, we explain how different SGLT2 inhibitors are from other kidney disease medications, discuss side effects, cost, and the ongoing research around this category of drugs.
Episode 12: How much sodium is safe for kidney patients?
Most patients on dialysis need to limit the amount of sodium in their diets. But how much sodium is safe and what are some ways to add flavor to your diet? On today‘s episode, our experts cover examples of high sodium foods, recommendations for low sodium substitutes, and how much sodium people with kidney disease should have as a part of a healthy diet.
Episode 11: What do changes to eGFR calculation mean for patients?
BONUS: Coping with pediatric kidney disease
This bonus episode features a conversation from The Journey Continues, a podcast by the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois. Host and kidney transplant recipient Monica Fox spoke about pediatric kidney disease with Katie Adduci, a nurse and living kidney donor to her son Max, as well as Nicole duMont, a licensed social worker who has worked with children in all stages of kidney disease and transplantation.
Episode 10: Tips for overcoming financial hardship for kidney patients
Many kidney disease patients often face financial hardships, such as having to leave a job or struggling to pay for medications. We sat down with physician and a postdoctoral research fellow Dr. Issac Acquah to talk about his recent research into the financial impact on people with chronic kidney disease.
Episode 9: How to become an advocate for kidney health
Over the past year, NKF advocates have won a number of policy campaigns both in Congress and state capitals across the country - but we're not done yet. In this episode, we discussed some recent wins and our upcoming challenges for the kidney advocate community with Jeff Currey, a Connecticut State Representative and kidney transplant recipient, and Armand Halter, an NKF patient advocate who helped lead NKF’s efforts to pass the Connecticut version of the Living Donor Protection Act.
BONUS: Systemic Lupus and Lupus Nephritis
This bonus episode features a conversation about lupus nephritis between rheumatologist Dr. Irene Blanco and Shanika Chuying, a person living with the disease. Dr. Blanco and Shanika will discuss the facts about diagnosis and treatment of the disease as well as clear up some common misconceptions.
A major worry for many people right now is the Delta variant, a highly contagious strain of COVID-19 which is making headlines across the United States. The FDA has just authorized a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine so that immune compromised patients can better protecting themselves from the virus. What does this mean for CKD, dialysis, and transplant patients? We spoke with Dr. Joseph Vassalotti, NKF Chief Medical Officer, in a recent Facebook Live to share the facts about the Delta variant, COVID-19 booster shots, and other concerns facing kidney patients.
Episode 6: Creating an inclusive and affirming environment for LGBTQ+ kidney patients
Episode 5: What the new CDC masking guidance means for kidney patients
Episode 4: Coping with depression & anxiety during a global pandemic
Episode 3: New way to get involved in research for kidney patients
Episode 2: Is mobile health the way of the future?
Episode 1: The latest in COVID-19 vaccines for kidney patients