The kidneys play a major role in our overall health. They filter your blood and remove toxins and excess water from your body, regulate salt and potassium levels, and even produce hormones that manage your blood pressure. When the kidneys are affected by disease, damage, or fail completely, the results can be life-altering, and sometimes life-ending.
Today, about 26 million people in the United States have kidney disease, and 1 in 3 adults are at risk. Generally, kidney failure occurs slowly over a number of years. Kidney disease can lead to other problems, such as nerve damage and malnutrition, and treatment typically revolves around dialysis.
Because kidney disease is often so disruptive, those living with it need all the support they can get. These blogs may be able to help.
The American Journal of Kidney Diseases is the official journal of the National Kidney Foundation. Unlike the foundation’s main blog, this one is a bit more scientific in nature. If you’re interested in following the latest in kidney disease research, including cutting-edge treatments, this is the place to go.
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Community Health Center’s Kidney Failure Blog
The Community Health Center Kidney Failure blog is a great place to go for information as well as for community. This organization is dedicated to helping people get access to medical and dental care, and here you’ll find information specific to kidney failure and disease. There are numerous informative posts about the various kinds of kidney disease, the risk factors and how to control them, and how to better cope with a diagnosis and treatment.
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DeeDee started KidNeedsAKidney in 2011 when her daughter was in need of a kidney transplant. The blog follows the duo through the agonizing wait for a donor and then through the successful transplant process. Raising a teenager who has a new kidney presents its own challenges — like getting her to take her oh-so-important medications. Any parent can identify with many of their struggles, and even nonparents with kidney disease will appreciate her candor.
Kidney Research UK
Kidney Research UK is a nonprofit charity that funds kidney disease research. On their blog, you can read about the latest research developments, as well as a host of personal stories from people living with kidney disease, and the folks who love them. We particularly like these glimpses into others’ lives, as we know how important it is to share your story and find others with struggles similar to your own.
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The American Kidney Fund is a nonprofit that offers numerous services to people living with kidney disease in the United States. They sponsor prevention efforts, provide health education resources, and even offer financial assistance for people who can’t afford their treatments. Their blog is an excellent resource with a variety of health tips, personal stories, and even articles on the financial aspect of living with a chronic disease.
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The National Kidney Foundation’s Blog
Dedicated to raising awareness and prevention of kidney disease in the United States, the National Kidney Foundation maintains an active and useful blog for people living with kidney disease and those around them. We particularly like the helpful posts for parents that offer advice for raising a child with a kidney disease diagnosis.
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Gail Rae-Garwood created this blog to discuss early- and moderate-stage chronic kidney disease. Here, she shares her story, including how she copes with kidney disease on a daily basis, and also provides worthwhile tips and motivation for others living with the disease.
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