The kidneys are vital organs that maintain health as they filter toxins, control fluid concentration, acid/base levels, and electrolyte levels. Additionally, kidneys make red blood cells and are maintain bone health by processing vitamin D and calcium levels.
Even slight alterations in kidney function can have profound effects on overall health.
HELPFUL LINKS FOR PATIENT EDUCATION
Kidney.org – National Kidney Foundation, a major society for all kidney issues with helpful diet, lifestyle information
Kidneysmart.org- Free virtual and in-person classes for any level of kidney disease
UNC Kidney Health Library- Comprehensive kidney health library provided by the University of North Carolina (Dr. Kumar's training center)
Kidneyschool.org – Kidney School, a very helpful website to review kidney disease, dialysis options, and healthy living
Davita.com – Patient Education Provided by DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc.
Niddk.nih.gov– National Institution of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. 800-891-5390
Nkdep.nih.gov – National Kidney Disease Education Program. 866-454-3639
Homedialysis.org – Home Dialysis Central, Information about Home Dialysis Options.
Kidneycommunitykitchen.ca – Kidney Community Kitchen, Kidney-Friendly Diet and Recipes
Pkdcure.org – Polycystic Kidney Disease Research and Education, with our partners at Emory University
Medicare.gov – Medicare Coverage Information. 800-633-4227
Rsnhope.org – Renal Support Network and Hopeline to connect with other patients. 800-579-1970
Smokefree.gov – Resources to Help Quit Smoking. 800-784-8669
Transplantliving.org – Transplant Living Information for all types of transplants. 888-894-6361
Kidneyfund.org – American Kidney Fund, General Information and Financial Assistance. 800-638-8299
Aakp.org – American Association of Kidney Patients, For people of all stages of Kidney Disease. 800-749-2557
Nimh.nih.gov – National Institution of Mental Health Resources and Information. 866-615-6464