Diabetes is a disease that causes your body to have trouble making or using insulin, a hormone that helps your body turn sugar from the foods you eat into energy. When your body doesn't use insulin the way it should, too much sugar stays in your blood. READ MORE >>TOPICS: Infographics, News, Healthy living, Kidney failure
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.
The medical team believes that the in-line transfusion between their fathers years ago may have played a role in the compatibility of the transplant. Circumstances beyond her control have shaped Dorothy Krummel’s life, for better and worse. Yet, the bigger picture has worked in her favor and unexpected individuals have carried her through her darkest moments. READ MORE >>TOPICS: Stories, Kidney transplant
If you are a transplant patient, the federal government wants to hear from you. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the government agency that regulates the production of all medications in the United States. To determine whether a drug is placed on the market, the FDA measures whether the benefits of a drug outweigh the risks. READ MORE >>TOPICS: Kidney transplant, Kidney failure
While some people are more at risk than others for kidney disease, it’s important to know there are some things you can control. Though you can’t change your family history, race or age, you can reduce the chances of developing other conditions that can lead to kidney disease—including diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease—through lifestyle changes. READ MORE >>TOPICS: Kidney disease prevention, Healthy living
Five years ago I learned that my kidneys had failed and I would need to start dialysis to survive. Soon after, I found myself dealing with the sudden death of my mother. Dealing with these two sudden, devastating events at the same time was very challenging and I wasn’t sure how to make things work. READ MORE >>TOPICS: AKF programs, Living with kidney disease, Stories, Kidney failure
We have been writing about the vital role of charitable third-party payments of insurance premiums for low-income kidney patients through the American Kidney Fund’s (AKF) Health Insurance Premium Program (HIPP) because insurers are lobbying for public policies that would deny this kind of assistance. READ MORE >>TOPICS: Advocacy and policy