Kidney Today from the American Kidney Fund brings you voices from the fight against kidney disease—patients, their loved ones, renal professionals and many others.

Roll Up Your Sleeves for a Blood Pressure Check

Author: Dr. Jerry Penso  |  Posted:

High blood pressure affects one in three Americans—68 million people. Less than half of these individuals have it under control, and 20 percent don’t even know they have the disease because it often shows no signs or symptoms. If this pressure stays high over time, it can lead to kidney disease and other health problems like heart disease, heart attack and stroke. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Living with kidney disease, Kidney disease prevention

Saving a Life: My Kidney Donation Story

Author: Anthony Brown  |  Posted:

Last year on World Kidney Day, when I was 25 years old, I donated my left kidney to my mother. In my experience, donating a kidney to my mother was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. The reality is you only need one kidney to survive. And for most kidney patients, a kidney transplant is a chance for a better life. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Advocacy and policy, Living with kidney disease, Kidney transplant, Kidney failure

Making a Difference in Washington: Interview with an Advocate

Author: AKF Staff  |  Posted:

Earlier this month, the American Kidney Fund (AKF) hosted 10 advocates from our Advocacy Network in Washington to meet with legislators and raise awareness for kidney disease prevention, education and research. We sat down with one patient-advocate, Monica Jemison from Waukegan, Ill., to hear about her experience on Capitol Hill. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Advocacy and policy, Living with kidney disease

Take Five Steps to Kidney Health Awareness with an American Kidney Fund Screening

Author: AKF Staff  |  Posted:

The only way to know if your kidneys are functioning properly is to get tested. With early detection, chronic kidney disease (CKD) can be managed and its progression can often be slowed. That’s why taking advantage of AKF’s free health and kidney screenings is so important for your health. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Living with kidney disease, Kidney disease prevention

How to Talk to Your Doctor

Author: Orlando M. Gutiérrez, M.D., M.M.Sc.  |  Posted:

National Kidney Month is a great time to make an appointment for a kidney check-up. Be proactive in knowing about your kidneys and ways to protect them. Make sure that you ask your doctor if your kidney function has been checked in the past year, and if not, ask if you can get simple blood or urine tests to check how well your kidneys are functioning. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Living with kidney disease, Kidney disease prevention
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