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By Janelle E. Gonyea, R.D., L.D

Did you gain weight post-transplant? You’re not alone. Excessive weight gain is a common concern after receiving a transplant, as it affects about two thirds of all kidney transplant recipients.1 Post-transplant weight gain is also common with other solid organ transplants.

There are many reasons why people gain weight after receiving a transplant. For kidney patients, the pre-...

By Tracy Anderson-Haag, PharmD

A question for our transplant recipients: When is the last time you missed a dose of your medications? Can you remember being late taking your medications? Do you find yourself forgetting to take a dose of your immunosuppressive or other medications?

Most transplant patients are taking between 5 and 15 medications daily, with doses due one to four times daily. This is a very complicated medication...

By Richard Link

In January 2000, after my second kidney transplant, I was 50 pounds overweight, out of shape, and had very little energy.  I needed a plan to get back in shape. That is when I had the crazy idea to join my son in taking classes in Taekwondo. I wrote about the experience of my training and receiving my 1st Degree Black Belt in Transplant Chronicles, spring 2005,titled Kicking for Life.  I am still training in Taekwondo...

with Dr. Leslie Spry, MD, FACP

Are you concerned about yourself, a friend or family member? Ask away. Dr. Leslie Spry is happy to provide answers to all your questions. Check back soon for answers!

Leslie Spry, MD, FACP Dr. Spry practices consultative nephrology and is the medical director of the Dialysis Center of Lincoln in Lincoln, Nebraska where he participates in research and innovative projects for the benefit of dialysis...

Current Issue: Volume 37, Summer 2013 Table of Contents

The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program:A Resource for Use with Older CKD Patients Tiffany Washington, PhD, MSW, School of Social Work, University of Georgia, Athens, GA; Tandrea Hilliard, MPH, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC; Terrance McGill, MD, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North...

Be mindful of COVID-19 guidelines in your state when gathering for the holidays. COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation. Get the latest public health information from CDC.

The holiday season is here. Food and holiday gatherings often go hand in hand, but with proper planning, you can enjoy holiday treats without feeling regretful when you jump on the scale after the New Year. While the average American gains 1 to 2 pounds...

Adopt a diet that has been proven to lower your risk for kidney disease, kidney stones, and heart disease! The DASH diet -- an acronym for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension -- is aptly named as it has been shown to improve health by reducing blood pressure and therefore reducing the risk of heart and kidney diseases.

The DASH diet is high in potassium, an essential mineral that affects blood pressure, muscle contraction, and...

Donating an organ to someone else is a big decision. There are many factors you must think about carefully. Ask yourself the following questions. Go through them more than once. These questions will help you explore your feelings, your relationship (if any) to the donor, your expectations, your motivation for donating, and whether or not you are ready and willing to donate.

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Janelle Gonyea, RD

Spring and summer can mean a fresh start for many things, even your diet. Before and after transplant, you are advised to improve your health by following a diet low in sodium and maintaining a healthy weight. Healthy food choices and adequate physical activity are important to achieving this goal, and planting a garden can help you with both! 

Fresh vegetables and herbs are naturally low in sodium. In...

Dialysis & COVID-19

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Kidney transplant & COVID-19

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What happens when your kidneys fail?

Healthy kidneys do many important jobs. They keep your whole body in...