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Questions about kidney disease? Risk factors? Signs and symptoms? Are you concerned about yourself, a friend or family member? Ask Dr. Spry.
Skim milk, cantaloupe and brown rice may be the keys to preserving kidney function. According to new research presented in late April at the National Kidney Foundation's Spring Clinical Meetings, eating poorly, smoking and obesity can cause kidney disease in otherwise healthy people. Click here to learn more about the first-ever study to look at kidney disease risk factors in young people with no underlying conditions.
Kidney failure can strike anyone at any age –men, women and children. For more than 380,000 Americans with kidney failure, dialysis treatment performs the life-saving job of filtering the body's toxins that their own kidneys can no longer do. People receiving this therapy can continue on with their lives, yet myths about the treatment abound. To help address some of the most common misconceptions about dialysis , the National Kidney Foundation separates the top 8 facts from myth.
To kidney transplant recipient Jodi Haas, her dad's Lincoln Town Car was a lot more than a set of wheels. A committed family man and truckdriver by trade, Haas's dad, John Nelson Smith, had always dreamed of cruising around in a Lincoln Town Car. When he retired, Haas's mom told him to "go for it" and so he did. "The car was his pride and joy," says Haas. "He washed it lovingly. Although he let me and my brother, Gary, take it for a spin, he never went to bed until the car was safely parked in the driveway." Click here to read about Haas's personal challenge with kidney disease and ultimate decision to donate the car to Kidney Cars and here to learn more about NKF's Kidney Cars vehicle donation program.
Nearly 8,000 runners from around the world will pound the pavement in New York City's famed Central Park to support the kidney cause on May 14. The 7th annual UAE Healthy Kidney 10K, hosted by The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates and organized by the New York Road Runners (NYRR), features professional runners and weekend warriors who will take part to support the fight against kidney disease. The race is a qualifier for the NYC Marathon and proceeds benefit the National Kidney Foundation. Click here to register for the race and then set up your own personal fund raising page inviting your family, friends and co-workers to support you and the NKF.
All proceeds are donated to the National Kidney Foundation to promote organ donor awareness programs, including End the Wait! and the NKF U.S. Transplant Games. Buy your raffle ticket today!