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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...

The new NKF Patient Network will help improve the lives of people with kidney disease through research, clinical care, drug development, and supportive health policy decisions

February 25, 2021, New York, NY —Today the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) launched the first-ever national registry for patients at all stages of kidney disease, 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...

New Phase of the “Are You the 33%?” Campaign Empowers People to Take Action

March 1, 2021, New York, NY — In honor of National Kidney Month which starts today, the National Kidney Foundation's (NKF) national public awareness campaign, "Are You the 33%?” enters a new phase focusing on the connection between type 2 diabetes (T2D) and kidney disease, also known as chronic kidney...

Actor, activist, entrepreneur, producer Wilmer Valderrama joins in advocating for kidney health

Washington, D.C., – March 2, 2021 — Today the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) hosts its 8th Annual Kidney Patient Summit, bringing more than 230 advocates from kidney organizations across the U.S. together virtually. Joined by actor, activist, entrepreneur and producer ...

New York, NY—December 3, 2020—Kidney disease is a public health crisis and the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is calling on the Biden-Harris Administration to make it a top priority during their first 100 days in office. Affecting 37 million adults in the U.S., kidney disease sits at the intersection of three forces that will shape health care during...