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.

Blood pressure and ESRD—learning the connection the hard way

Dereck Lee speaking about his experience with kidney disease
Author: Dereck Lee  |  Posted:

I found out I had high blood pressure when I was in college. I knew it was serious, and I knew I needed to take medication to control it. But the prescription medication was expensive, and I couldn’t really afford it, so I stopped taking it. I guess I was in denial . . . for more than 10 years. But my life was pretty normal and most of the time I felt OK. Until 2008. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Living with kidney disease, Kidney disease prevention, Kidney failure

Disaster Preparedness for Dialysis Patients

September is national disaster preparedness month for dialysis patients
Author: Heather Jordan, MPH  |  Posted:

If you are a dialysis patient, it’s especially important to take steps to make sure you’re ready if disaster strikes. We can’t always predict when something will happen to derail our treatment plans. There are some simple steps you can take to make sure you are prepared and have access to the things you need to stay healthy in the event of a disaster. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Living with kidney disease

AKF in the First Half of 2015: Impact Report

Author: AKF Staff  |  Posted:

The American Kidney Fund provides vital programs and services to tens of thousands of people whose lives are affected by kidney disease. Everything we do is focused on helping people fight kidney disease and live healthier lives. We’re proud to share with you this snapshot of how we’ve worked to achieve our mission in the first half of 2015. With your continued support, we’ll be able to help even more people during the second half of the year, and beyond. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Infographics, AKF programs

Kidney Donation: Both Sides Now, Part 1

Richard Patterson III and his son Richard Patterson Jr - kidney recipient and donor
Author: Richard Patterson, Jr.  |  Posted:

There are two sides to every kidney donation story—the selfless decision made by the donor and the priceless gift received by the recipient. Richard Patterson, Jr. received a kidney from his son, Richard Patterson III, in June 2014. In Part 1, Richard Patterson, Jr. tells his story of cancer and kidney failure, and eventually receiving his transplant. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Living with kidney disease, Stories, Kidney transplant

4 Things You Should Understand About Living with Kidney Disease

four things you should know about living with kidney disease
Author: AKF Staff  |  Posted:

A simple question—“What do you wish others understood about living with kidney disease?”—unleashed a torrent of comments on our Facebook page recently. Kidney disease itself is often invisible until the late stages; once it progresses to kidney failure, patients need dialysis or a transplant to live. People living with kidney disease and kidney failure tell us they often feel that others do not understand what they are going through, both physically and emotionally. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Living with kidney disease, Stories, Kidney failure

Six Steps to Control Your Blood Pressure

blood pressure meter
Author: Jerry Penso, M.D., MBA  |  Posted:

A routine doctor’s appointment often involves a health professional checking your blood pressure. The screening is not painful or stressful and typically takes less than a minute to measure. However, the results of this simple test may identify a condition that, when managed, could help reduce your chances for stroke, heart attack and kidney disease. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Kidney disease prevention, Healthy living
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