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Common Concerns for People Diagnosed with Kidney Disease

Find some peace of mind by learning solutions to common concerns that you and others may experience after a kidney disease diagnosis.

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Care Partners: Tips and Resources for Support

From living a healthy lifestyle to seeking support of others, here are tips and resources for the care partners of those with kidney disease and/or on dialysis.

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3 Ways to Start a Life Plan When You Have Kidney Disease

Curious about how to start a Life Plan when you have kidney disease? Dr. Martin Schreiber has three ways to make a plan for life.

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5 ways to donate to kidney charities

Donating to kidney disease charities is a great way to show your support for people who have the disease, are on dialysis or have a kidney transplant. Learn about the five ways you can donate your time and resources to kidney disease awareness and research.

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Walking: An Ideal Exercise for People with Kidney Disease

When you have chronic kidney disease (CKD), it’s important to put your best foot forward — literally. Continuous exercise, such as walking, may improve your overall health, increase energy levels and alleviate stress. Walking can be done almost anywhere, at anytime and at any pace. All you need is a comfortable pair of shoes and a destination.

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When Your Care Partner Is in Denial About Your Kidney Disease

Along with physical side effects, you may experience emotional ones when you’re diagnosed with kidney disease and need dialysis. One of those feelings can be denial. But what if your care partner is in denial about your health condition? Learn the reasons your care partner may be not confronting the reality of your kidney disease and how to help them cope with it.

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20 tips for a good life

Many people who are diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD) can choose how they approach this new lifestyle change. Here are 20 tips for living a good, fulfilling life when you have kidney disease.

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Common prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs: how they affect people with chronic kidney disease

A common medication that helps treat a minor health problem could cause harm to the kidneys. Dr. Robert Provenzano shares which over-the-counter medicines and prescription drugs effect people with chronic kidney disease (CKD) the most.

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Exercise for people with chronic kidney disease

After a diagnosis of chronic kidney disease, it is still important to include exercise in your life. While you may feel tired from the kidney disease, exercise can help you strengthen your muscles, including your heart, and help you maintain a positive outlook. You can also work with a renal dietitian to adjust your kidney diet due to your exercise if necessary.

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Emergency preparedness for people with kidney disease

Emergency situations happen with little or no warning. Most people have basic emergency supplies such as a first aid kit, canned food, bottled water and a flashlight with extra batteries. If you depend on dialysis, you’ll need an emergency kit with specific items. Do you have the essential items needed to tide you over if an emergency situation prevents you from getting dialysis? Find out now.

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Your emotions and chronic kidney disease (CKD)

Paying attention to and caring for your emotional health plays a big part in your total well-being. Having chronic kidney disease (CKD) presents some unique issues, but there are many opportunities to work through your emotions and feel your best.

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Talking to children about kidney disease

A diagnosis of chronic kidney disease (CKD) can be a scary time for the entire family. If you have CKD, it’s important to talk to the children in your life. Tailor your answers about kidney disease depending on the child's age, and explain as much as the child is able to understand.

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Support groups for people living with kidney disease

People living with chronic kidney disease (CKD), those on dialysis and their family members face unique challenges. Support from others coping with the same issues can be an important source of comfort, advice and inspiration. Find out about some of the support groups available online and in-person for people affected by kidney disease, as well as tips on starting your own.

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Humor and chronic kidney disease: How humor helps

Who hasn’t heard the saying, “Laughter is the best medicine?” Many more health care professionals are recognizing the impact a positive attitude can have on overall health, but how can this be achieved when facing a challenging situation like chronic kidney disease (CKD)? Humor is one of the most powerful ways to improve your physical and mental well-being. Learn how you can use laughter to feel better about yourself and your health.

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Holiday blues and chronic kidney disease

Depression around the holidays isn’t new, or even unique to those with kidney disease. Maybe it’s the colder weather or the rush of festivities, but sometimes it’s tough to have holiday cheer. DaVita social worker, Arlene Antonoff, provides helpful tips to keep you in touch with your emotional needs and beat the holiday blues.

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Depression: Don't let it rob you of your happiness

Many situations in life can lead to feelings of depression. Finding out you have kidney disease, and then adjusting to the changes in your lifestyle after beginning dialysis, can cause feelings of loss and depression. If these feelings last for more than a couple of weeks you could be clinically depressed. Depression is a disease that is very common and treatable. DaVita Social Worker, Betsy Heilman, talks about depression and how to get the help you may need.

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Caregiver stress and chronic kidney disease

Caring for a person who has chronic kidney disease (CKD) can be stressful and lead to “caregiver burnout.” Learn how to deal with stress as it affects caregivers and people with renal disease.

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Anger and chronic kidney disease: Let's talk about anger

Even in the early stages of chronic kidney disease (CKD) many patients will find themselves being angry about the changes they have to make in their lives. Learn tips on how to deal with anger issues in a healthy way and gain control of your life after you find out you have renal disease.

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Male sexuality and chronic kidney disease

Many men who are diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD) are concerned about the impact the illness will have on their sexuality. Some men do not notice any change, while others may find their sex drive has diminished. Some men worry their treatments will lead to erectile dysfunction. Find out how CKD can affect a man’s sex life.

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What's it like to live with one kidney?

Most people have two kidneys, but some only have one. Is it possible for them to be healthy with only one kidney? The answer is yes. Discover why somebody may have one kidney, and the precautions they should take because of this unique condition.

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Telling others you have chronic kidney disease

How do you tell the people around you that you have chronic kidney disease (CKD)? Do you even have to tell them at all? Here are some tips to help you decide who to tell and how to tell them.

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Smoking and chronic kidney disease (CKD)

While we’re familiar with the health risks smoking has on the lungs and heart, studies have shown the kidneys are also affected. Whether you’re in the early stages of kidney disease or are on dialysis, you’ll learn about the effects of smoking on the kidneys and get tips on how to quit.

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Sleep issues and chronic kidney disease

Sleep is an important part of the body’s rejuvenation and repair system; not only that, it feels great. As people who have insomnia can tell you, sleepless nights can leave you feeling tired, irritable and frustrated. Why do some people with chronic kidney disease have trouble falling and staying asleep? Learn more about the different factors that can affect your ability to get a good night’s sleep.

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Sexuality and chronic kidney disease

Even in the early stages of chronic kidney disease (CKD), both men and women will worry about how renal disease may affect their sexual behavior. DaVita social workers Denea Hart and Rachel Thomas talk about how kidney disease changes the body and how to deal with sexual issues that may occur with renal disease.

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Seven summertime precautions for people with kidney disease

Summer is here and many people will take advantage of the warm weather. Everyone needs to plan ahead to have a safe summer, including people with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Read about the top seven summertime precautions to take so you can stay healthy while enjoying some fun in the sun.

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Patient’s role in chronic kidney disease care

While the treatment of chronic kidney disease (CKD) requires the attention of a trained medical team, there are things you can do to participate in your care. You can take an active role in your healthcare by learning all you can about CKD, being honest with your kidney care team, following your kidney care plan, getting regular checkups and having a positive attitude. This may empower you to continue doing the things you love and live your life to the fullest. Learn some simple ways you can get involved in your CKD care.

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Living with comorbidities and chronic kidney disease

For many patients living with chronic kidney disease (CKD), it is not the only medical problem they have to live with. Maintaining good health and quality of life when dealing with comorbidities can require balance in many aspects of a person’s life. Keeping communication lines open with your doctors, working with a dietitian for the best diet plan to follow and taking medicines as prescribed by your doctors can help you manage your kidney disease and comorbid conditions.

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Heart healthy advice for people with kidney disease

Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in people with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and one of the top four causes of all deaths in the U.S.? Therapeutic lifestyle changes (TLC) can help to keep your heart healthy and ticking for a long time.

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Better living through pets

The studies are in: having a pet is good for you. Scientists aren’t exactly sure how pets make us healthier, but they can’t argue with the results. Learn more about better living through pets when you have chronic kidney disease (CKD).

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