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(March 20, 2024, New York, NY) —The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is proud to announce that Imperial Headwear will join us once again as the “Official Headwear” of the 37th Annual NKF Golf Classic. Funds raised through this fun event help NKF promote optimal...

By Andrea Schmidt, transplant recipient and NKF supporter

My name is Andrea Schmidt and I am a kidney transplant recipient.

Let me introduce my story the way I do to other recipients. This is a kind of short hand that transplant recipients speak to each other. We have a way of distilling our medical history into a few lines and it follows this format: number of years post-...

Millions of people around the world have chronic kidney disease (CKD), which can affect anyone, no matter their age, gender, race, or ethnic background. Some research has shown that the risk for CKD is slightly greater in women than in men - 14% women versus 12% men.1

UTIs and kidney infections are more common in women

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) lead to...

What if someone with kidney disease wants to use the design to have a permanent tattoo instead? Is it safe? 

This is a frequent question and the concern centers around hygiene and the prevention of infections which could include HIV, Hepatitis B and C. People treated with dialysis or a kidney transplant would be more vulnerable to such infections; though there is no specific evidence stating that people with kidney disease...

Jordan Murphy is the first to admit that she’s probably visited the doctor more than anyone else she knows. The 20-year-old, full-time Virginia Tech junior never misses an appointment either. Three close members of Jordan’s family have suffered from chronic kidney disease: two aunts, who both had multiple...
Health diagnosis or not, dating isn’t easy. In many situations, talking about a health or personal issue can feel challenging or cause anxiety.   Kidney disease is a part of you, but it doesn’t define who you are. Therefore, your diagnosis isn’t something that you need to necessarily share right away. Many people have a part of their life they are nervous to talk...

Doctors have long known that some families have more members with kidney disease than others. Studying the genes of families that have more kidney disease is just one of the research areas supported by the National Kidney Foundation. One recent research project looked at how genes affect the causes of kidney disease. “My grandfather had hypertension for 45 years,” reported Dr. Sun Woo Kang, a South Korean–born nephrologist...

Overlooked, overworked and misunderstood. What part of the body meets this description? The kidneys!

––They work hard. They are on call morning, noon and night to filter toxins from your body and regulate fluids and blood pressure.

––Kidneys are overlooked. Most people don’t know where they are. (Kidneys are located near the back of your body near the waist.)

––The kidneys’...

More than 34 million Americans have diabetes and require a lifetime of treatment. Diabetes is a complex and very personal disease. The challenges of daily self-management are difficult but the benefits are real.

How Does Diabetes Affect the Body?

In diabetes, high blood sugar levels can damage parts of your body, especially the kidneys, heart, eyes and nerves. High blood pressure and hardening of the arteries also develop from diabetes...