Living Successfully with Kidney Disease
People with kidney disease can live long and live well. Learn about your role in helping yourself or your loved one to stay as healthy as possible in this introduction to Kidney School.
Kidneys: How They Work, How They Fail, What You Can Do
For people at any stage of kidney disease, knowledge is power. Knowing the signs and symptoms of kidney failure can help you to get the treatment you need to feel your best.
Treatment Options for Kidney Failure
Did you know that dialysis isn't always done with a machine? Or that kidney transplants can come from unrelated living donors? Whether you're new to kidney disease or a long-time veteran, you can learn something new about the pros and cons of kidney treatments in this module.
Working with Your Health Care Team
You are the most important member of your health care team. Learning the roles of other care team members will help you ask your questions of the right people, so you'll be more likely to get the answers you need.
Following Your Treatment Plan
Every day, with every meal and every medication, you make choices that can affect your health outcomes. Learn the how's and why's of following your medications, meal plans, fluids, and—for people on dialysis—dialysis treatments.
Coping with Kidney Disease
Despite kidney disease, you are still you. In this module, learn about typical stages of adjustment, and find resources and ideas to help you live long and live well.
Anemia and Kidney Disease
Anemia, a shortage of oxygen-carrying red blood cells, can cause heart damage in people with kidney disease. Learn how to protect yourself and be sure you're getting the testing and treatment you need.
Understanding Kidney Lab Tests
Many people with kidney disease don't know that they can use their lab test results as a tool to see how well they're doing—and avoid some complications. How? Learn all about it in this module.
Vascular Access: A Lifeline for Dialysis
Hemodialysis requires surgical creation of a special blood vessel—a vascular access—to handle high blood-flow rates. Learn which access is best and why, and how to protect your access so it will last as long as possible.
Nutrition and Fluids for People on Dialysis
People on dialysis have special nutrition and fluid needs, but food is a major focus of family life and social events. Learn how to balance your food intake so you can eat the foods you love, in moderation, and stay as healthy as possible.
Getting Adequate Dialysis
Healthy kidneys work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Dialysis replaces only a small part of kidney function, so getting adequate treatment is key to living long and living well with kidney disease. All dialysis is not alike; learn what you can do to make sure you get the treatment you need.
Sexuality and Fertility
Maintaining a healthy sex life and having children are important goals for some people with kidney disease. Learn how kidney disease can affect sexuality and fertility—and what you can do about it.
Staying Active with Kidney Disease
Don't let kidney disease stop you from doing the things you love! Learn how to keep up your energy levels and sleep better, so you can live long and live well.
Heart Health and Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is the number two cause of kidney disease—and heart disease (often caused by high blood pressure) is the number one killer of kidney patients. Learn how to keep your blood pressure down to keep your kidneys and heart healthy.
Patient Rights and Responsibilities
As key team members, people with kidney disease have important responsibilities related to their health care—and important rights as well. Learn how to handle conflicts with health care providers. Decision-making about end-of-life issues is also included in this module.
Acupuncture, massage, herbs, homeopathy. Which alternative therapies should you avoid and which ones can you try safely? Learn what questions to ask when you run into something new.
Long-term Effects of Dialysis
People with kidney failure can live for decades with dialysis and/or a kidney transplant. Learning what you can do to avoid common complications can help you stay healthier in the long run.
Kidney Failure and Your Work Life
Is it possible to work if your kidneys don’t? Yes!
You boost your chance when you take charge of your care and follow your treatment plan. And, it helps to choose or switch to a work-friendly treatment. We’ll tell you how.
Paying for Dialysis or Transplant
Dialysis and transplant are costly, and you may worry about how to pay for them. This section will help you to see what your options may be.