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American Kidney Fund HelpLine

Call AKF HelpLine at 1-866-300-2900 or submit a question online for information about kidney disease, including prevention, treatment, financial assistance, organ donation, and support programs.

Review Date: January 25, 2013

American Kidney Fund

Common Questions About Kidney Disease

Common questions about kidney health, renal dialysis, transplantation, organ and tissue donation, and paying for treatment are answered here.

Review Date: July 11, 2014

American Kidney Fund

Connect with Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) Patients

From free educational Webinars to Twitter updates and recent photos, this multimedia section was developed so you can connect with other PKD patients and learn from each other's experiences.

Review Date: October 30, 2014

Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) Foundation

Diet for Kidney Stone Prevention

Diet is one of several factors that can promote or inhibit kidney stone formation. Learn what types of foods and drinks you should avoid to help prevent kidney stones.

Review Date: July 06, 2011

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Family Reunion Health Guide- (PDF)

This guide will help you talk to your family about kidney disease and its connection to diabetes and high blood pressure, two leading causes of kidney failure which affects African Americans more than other groups.

Review Date: December 17, 2014

NIH National Kidney Disease Education Program

Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome in Children

Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) develops when E. coli destroys red blood cells and causes sudden, short-term kidney failure in children. Learn how you can prevent and treat HUS.

Review Date: December 06, 2012

NIH National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases - NIDDK

High Blood Pressure and Kidney Disease

The kidneys play a key role in keeping a person’s blood pressure in a healthy range. High blood pressure can damage the kidneys and lead to chronic kidney disease (CKD). Learn about lifestyle changes that help control blood pressure.

Review Date: February 21, 2013

NIH National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases - NIDDK

How to Read a Food Label: Tips for People with Chronic Kidney Disease- (PDF)

Learn how to read food labels to determine levels of sodium, potassium, phosphorous and ingredients that are of special concern for kidney patients who have dietary restrictions.

Review Date: November 13, 2014

NIH National Kidney Disease Education Program

Keep Your Kidneys Healthy

If you are at risk for kidney disease and have diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease, learn what you can do to keep your kidneys healthy.

Review Date: December 12, 2014

NIH National Kidney Disease Education Program

Keeping in Control: Lowering Your Risk for Kidney and Heart Disease

Learn about the link between diabetes, kidney and heart disease and how blood glucose control is the best way to lower your risk of both kidney and heart disease.

Review Date: October 31, 2014

National Kidney Foundation

Kidney Beginnings: The Electronic Newsletter

This Electronic Newsletter was created as an educational resource for those who may be at risk for kidney failure. The newsletter offers useful information on diabetes, high blood pressure and other ailments that may lead to kidney failure.

Review Date: January 06, 2012

American Association of Kidney Patients

Kidney Kitchen: Recipes

The Kidney Kitchen offers many delicious recipes. To help you choose those that may be appropriate for you, each recipe is labeled to clarify whether it's intended for people on dialysis, those with diabetes and/or those with chronic kidney disease (CKD).

Review Date: December 01, 2014

National Kidney Foundation

Kidney Stones in Adults

A kidney stone is a hard mass that forms in the urinary tract that can cause pain in the back or lower abdomen. Learn how lifestyle changes can help treat and prevent kidney stones.

Review Date: October 11, 2011

NIH National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases - NIDDK

Kidney Stones: What You Need to Know

Do you have pain your back that won't go away? Learn who gets kidney stones, when to see a doctor, and what you can do to prevent them.

Review Date: October 11, 2011

NIH National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases - NIDDK

Life Options: Free Materials for Kidney Patients

Download free brochures on exercise for dialysis patients, tips for traveling, employment and vocational rehabilitation, and more.

Review Date: January 25, 2013

Life Options Rehabilitation Program

National Kidney Disease Education Program: Patients & Public

Learn about chronic kidney disease, a type of kidney disease commonly caused by diabetes and high blood pressure. Find out if you are at risk, get tested, and take steps to keep your kidneys healthy.

Review Date: December 01, 2014

NIH National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases - NIDDK

Nationwide Listing of Renal Support Groups

Find a national listing of support groups for patients dealing with kidney disease.

Review Date: February 04, 2013

American Association of Kidney Patients

Nutrition for Later Chronic Kidney Disease in Adults

As kidney disease progresses, nutritional needs change as well. Learning about your food will help you understand what changes you need to make.

Review Date: July 06, 2011

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Obesity and Overweight: What You Should Know

If you are overweight or obese, you have a greater chance of developing diabetes or high blood pressure, which are the leading causes of chronic kidney disease. Learn how you can reduce your risk for these serious diseases by losing excess weight.

Review Date: October 31, 2014

National Kidney Foundation

Patient Awards and Scholarships - Kidney & Urology Foundation of America

The Kidney & Urology Foundation of America offers scholarships and awards to stimulate education, enable rehabilitation and allow individuals to live productively with renal and urologic disease.

Review Date: March 17, 2011

Kidney and Urology Foundation of America

Patient Grants: Financial Help for Kidney Patients

The American Kidney Fund helps more than 87,000 kidney patients in the United States with health insurance premiums and other treatment-related expenses that insurance does not cover.

Review Date: January 25, 2013

American Kidney Fund

Prevent Diabetes Problems: Keep Your Kidneys Healthy

This article describes the damage that diabetes can do to kidneys, and outlines steps that people with diabetes can take to prevent or minimize kidney complications.

Review Date: February 04, 2013

NIH National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases - NIDDK

School & Family Problems of Children With Kidney Failure- (PDF)

Having kidney failure influences a child's self-image and relationships with peers and family. It can lead to behavior problems and make achieving goals more difficult. Being aware of these problems can help you recognize that your child may need some additional guidance.

Review Date: May 22, 2014

NIH National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases - NIDDK

The Kidneys and How They Work

This overview describes the kidney and its functions, signs and conditions related to kidney failure, medical tests, and what can be done to manage chronic kidney disease.

Review Date: October 14, 2014

NIH National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases - NIDDK

Understanding Kidney Disease and Treatment Options (Video)

Learn the kidneys' vital role in keeping the body healthy, what you can do to maintain kidney health, and how to recognize trouble signs and choose a treatment.

Review Date: October 31, 2014

National Kidney Foundation

What African Americans with Diabetes or High Blood Pressure Need to Know

Diabetes and high blood pressure can damage the kidneys and lead to kidney disease. African Americans have a higher rate of kidney failure than any other group of people. Learn how you can take preventive measures to guard against kidney disease.

Review Date: December 17, 2014

NIH National Kidney Disease Education Program

What You Need To Know About™ Kidney Cancer

This booklet has important information about cancer of the kidney. It discusses possible causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. It also has information to help patients cope with kidney cancer.

Review Date: March 27, 2013

NIH National Cancer Institute

Your Disease Risk: Kidney Cancer

To estimate your risk of kidney cancer and learn about ways to lower that risk, take a few minutes to answer some questions about your health, background, and lifestyle.

Review Date: October 31, 2014

Educational Institution--Follow the Resource URL for More Information

Your Kidney Test Results- (PDF)

This chart illustrates the normal ranges for BUN, potassium, phosphorus, calcium and other blood values that are important for kidney patients to monitor their health status.

Review Date: December 01, 2014

NIH National Kidney Disease Education Program

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