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NEW—online support system gives patients a platform to connect with each other and access NKF resources.

Good health care is a team effort — especially for transplant recipients. This January, NKF launched its first Facebook group for users who have undergone or will soon undergo a kidney transplant called the NKF Transplant Community.

  This private group...

The first step to preventing kidney disease is understanding your risk, then getting tested. Life-threatening kidney disease can strike anyone, young or old, and has many causes, but early intervention can make a difference. Lifestyle changes and a healthy diet can sometimes slow the progression of the...

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a condition characterized by a gradual loss of kidney function over time. To read more about kidney function, see How Your Kidneys Work. CKD is also known as chronic renal disease.

What is kidney failure?

Healthy kidneys do many important jobs. They keep your whole body in balance. They remove waste products and extra water from your body, help make red blood cells, and help control blood pressure. When you have kidney failure, it means your kidneys are damaged. They cannot do these important jobs well enough. Having kidney failure means that:

  • 85-90% of your kidney function is gone
  • your kidneys don...

Staying on top of your kidney disease or kidney failure as a teen is a lot of work.  You are probably getting a lot of help with most of your medical needs from your parents and family. When your healthcare teams feels you are ready, you will enter the adult healthcare system. Most often, this happens around age 18. In the years leading up to that, you will need to learn skills such as filling out forms, keeping track of medications, and...

How many kidneys do I have?

Most people have two kidneys. Kidneys are inside the body. They are about the size of your fist.

Where are your kidneys?

Kidneys are in your lower back.

What do kidneys do?

Kidneys are busy! They are like washing machines for the blood in the body.  The kidneys filter the blood and take out all the waste in the blood.   The kidneys send the waste on to the bladder...