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.
For individuals living with diabetes—the leading cause of kidney failure—the approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration of the diabetes medicine canagliflozin (brand name INVOKANA®) to treat diabetic kidney disease and reduce the risk of hospitalization for heart failure patients with type 2 diabetes and diabetic kidney disease is cause for optimism. READ MORE >>TOPICS: News, Research, Kidney disease prevention
Julie from AKF's Health Initiatives team screens people for kidney disease and its risk factors at events across the U.S. In a Kidney Today blog post, she tells us the top 5 reasons people give for why they don't get screened—and why you should even if you feel the same way. READ MORE >>TOPICS: AKF programs, Education, Kidney disease prevention, Healthy living
My name is Beth Nalker, and I’m fortunate to call myself Henry’s mother. When Henry was diagnosed at age five with progressive kidney disease by doctors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, my husband and I learned that our family had begun a lifelong journey involving Henry’s kidneys. READ MORE >>TOPICS: Living with kidney disease, Stories, Kidney failure
My name is Henry Nalker and I was born with a rare disorder called Joubert syndrome, which is a neurological disorder that can also involve kidney, retina and/or liver disease. At age five, my family and I found out that I have a progressive form of kidney disease genetically linked to my Joubert syndrome. READ MORE >>TOPICS: AKF programs, Living with kidney disease, Stories
Nina Martinez made history in March as the first person with HIV to become a living kidney donor. She told AKF that the decision to donate her kidney was “a long time coming.” While she has been called a hero in stories about the transplant, she feels “it’s not heroic to help someone who needs help”—it is just the right thing to do. READ MORE >>TOPICS: Kidney transplant, Kidney failure