Free webinars

AKF hosts free, monthly educational webinars to help you and your loved ones learn more about living well with kidney disease. These live webinars are led by kidney disease experts, and feature a discussion about a different topic each month. Join us to learn, ask questions and get answers in real time. Learn more about our educational webinars.

Kidney failure diet

Dialysis helps to do some of the work that your kidneys did when they were healthy. But dialysis does not work as well as healthy kidneys do, and it cannot do everything that healthy kidneys do. Between dialysis treatments, waste and fluid build up in your body. Over time, having extra waste and fluid in your blood can lead to heart, bone and other health problems. If you have kidney failure/ESRD, it is important to work with your dietitian to learn how much of certain nutrients and how much fluid you should take in each day to stay healthy. Sticking to this special diet can help prevent the problems that can happen when waste and fluid build up in your body. Learn more about a kidney failure diet.

Treatment options

If you have ESRD, you will need dialysis or a kidney transplant to survive. There is no cure for ESRD, but many people live long lives while having dialysis or after having a kidney transplant. Your doctor can help you figure out which treatment is best for you. Learn more about treatment options.

Financial assistance

If you are living with kidney failure (also called end-stage renal disease, or ESRD) and you can’t afford your health care expenses, the American Kidney Fund may be able to help. We provide assistance with health insurance premiums, transportation costs, prescription medicines, and other expenses related to care. Learn more about our assistance programs for patients and how to apply.

Blog: Confessions of a first-time dialysis patient

Visit our blog Kidney Today to read about the experience of Steve Winfree, a first-time dialysis patient, who is sharing the story of his first month on dialysis.