How Diabetes Affects Your Kidneys

How Diabetes Affects Your Kidneys

Although not all people with diabetes will experience kidney problems, having the disease does present a serious risk for developing diabetic nephropathy. That’s because diabetes creates complications that may affect your kidneys’ ability to do their job effectively. In fact, diabetes mellitus is the number one cause of chronic kidney disease in the US. Detecting if Diabetes Affects Your Kidneys …

Survival Rates for ESKD Patients on Dialysis

Survival Rates for ESRD Patients on Dialysis

End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), or kidney failure, occurs when the kidneys progressively stop working. Many patients with ESRD are on dialysis to supplement  the ‘normal functioning kidneys’.  The dialysis treatment itself exposes the patient to many risks however these patients are also at high risk for Cardiovascular disease, Hypertension, Bone disorders including osteoporosis, electrolytes abnormalities and many, many other …

How Corporate Wellness Helps Your Business

With the economy on the upswing, employees have more options than they’ve had in years. Opportunities are growing. Competition for talent is getting stiff. And with this shift, workers expect more from their employers. The wellness culture that’s grown in wake of the recession means that good workers are seeking employers who are invested in their workforce. That’s why it’s …

Artificial Kidney UCSF and Vanderbilt

Artificial Kidney Under Development at UCSF & Vanderbilt

If you or a loved one has ever experienced kidney disease, you probably know that securing a donor for a kidney transplant is a long and difficult wait. The demand for kidney transplants is so high that the National Institute of Health granted 6 million dollars to pioneering researchers on the mission to build an artificial kidney. This groundbreaking technology …

Risk for Hypertension

Who’s at Risk for Hypertension?

Did you know that 1 of every 3 Americans have hypertension? Uncontrolled high blood pressure raises the risk for stroke and heart disease, which are leading causes of death in the United States. Fortunately, high blood pressure can be treated and prevented! To lower your risk for hypertension, check your blood pressure regularly and take action when your blood pressure …

Over the Counter OTC Meds

How OTC Medications Can Damage Your Kidneys

No matter what kind of medicine you take, whether OTC (over the counter) or prescription, it is destined to take a trip through your kidneys. They are, after all, your body’s natural filtration system! There are several types of OTC medication that people frequently use for gastritis, GERD, aches, pains and headaches that if routinely used could damage your kidneys. …

8 Common Causes of Kidney Failure

Most of us are familiar with kidney disease as a chronic condition caused by diabetes, hypertension, or advanced age. But did you know that some kidney problems can develop in as little as a few days? Acute kidney injury, or AKI, is an abrupt loss of kidney function that could happen before you know it. Sounds scary, right? But there’s good news: AKI is …

Diet During Dialysis

How to Manage Your Diet During Dialysis

One has to make a lot of lifestyle changes once they start dialysis. Your daily dietary intake will impact the efficiency and effectiveness of dialysis, whether it is peritoneal or hemodialysis. Seemingly harmless foods like frozen dinners or chocolate could lead to serious consequences that alter your clinical outcome. But don’t worry! These few principles will help you watch your …