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Ben and Susan met by chance while dropping their children off at kindergarten more than twenty years ago. That was the start of a decades-long friendship between the children and families. 

Neither knew this chance meeting would one day lead to Ben giving Susan the ultimate gift–a kidney donation.

Catching Up

Ben and Susan stayed in touch after their kids graduated high school but didn't see each other as often. From prior...

Every year, millions of people get a health diagnosis that changes the course of their lives forever. For Nichole, this moment came in 2007. A few months after graduating high school, a routine physical for college revealed a devastating truth–Nichole’s kidneys were not functioning correctly.

Diagnosed with Kidney Disease

Nichole wasn’t expecting a call back from her doctor with bad news. 

“I gave a urine sample during my...

Raise your hand if you've ever spent hours reading through lists of medical conditions after typing your symptoms into the browser. 

Don't be embarrassed if you've ever fallen down the search engine rabbit hole. You aren't alone and we are here for you! So, stop the endless scrolling and get the facts you need to know about kidney disease.

How do I know if I'm at risk of kidney disease?

1 in 3 adults...

The expressed opinions of Dr. Mohottige are her own and do not reflect official VA policy or practice.

The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reports that veterans experience kidney disease 34% more than the general population. Currently, 600,000 veterans have kidney disease, 40,000 who have kidney failure.1 The VA performs around 160 kidney transplants per year, not counting transplants performed through...

Did you know that around 1 in 7 adults in the United States–more than 37 million people–have kidney disease? 

Despite its prevalence, many aren't aware they have kidney disease until it’s too late. However, there are steps you can take to safeguard your kidney health.

Here are six tips to get you started. 

1. Get regular check-ups

Approximately 90% of people with kidney disease don’t know...

Since 2000, the number of Hispanic/Latino people with kidney failure has more than tripled.1 

What is driving these increased rates of kidney disease, and how can you protect your kidney health? Nephrologist and National Kidney Foundation's President Dr. Rosas breaks it down.

Factors driving increased rates of kidney disease 

There is no single reason a...

In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we're showcasing the journeys of five people with kidney disease who made history. These stories remind us never to give up hope. They also highlight the importance of raising awareness about kidney disease within the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities.

Before diving into these inspirational stories, take a moment to understand your risk of developing...

Whether you're seeking a quick meal or a savory snack, the National Kidney Foundation has you covered with five new chronic kidney disease (CKD) recipes you will want to try.

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Everyone has different nutritional needs. Speak with a kidney dietitian or a...