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When you're on dialysis, it can be a big lifestyle change. But once you get used to the routine, you'll most likely begin to feel much better physically and emotionally. Read on to learn about choosing an ideal treatment option, eating right, continuing to work and more to help you maintain your quality of life.

Dialysis Basics

Get a better understanding about dialysis and learn ways you can continue to thrive while on this treatment.

  • Understanding Your Lab Work
    GFR. Kt/V. BUN. CCr. Understanding what these tests measure and what the results mean can help you manage dialysis treatments.
  • Five Myths about Dialysis
    You may have heard some myths surrounding dialysis. Now get the truths behind them.
  • Your Dialysis Access
    Find what dialysis access options are available and how to care for them.
  • Switching Dialysis Treatments
    For many patients, switching from one kind of dialysis to another is a lifestyle choice. Some patients prefer to treat themselves at home while others would prefer to be treated at a center.

What to Consider When Choosing a Dialysis Provider

From location to support services, here are several things to consider when deciding which dialysis provider fits your needs.

Educational Resources

Watch informational videos to help you understand all aspects of dialysis.

  • Missed Treatments
    Every minute of every dialysis treatment is important. Learn how missing a treatment could affect your kidney health.

  • Carolyne’s “Making Treatments” Story
    Missing even one dialysis treatment may raise your chances of being hospitalized. Watch this video to hear why Carolyne chose to make dialysis treatments a top priority in her life.

  • Fluid Management
    For people on dialysis, too much fluid can be harmful. Watch this video to learn more about fluid control and kidney health.

  • Ellen’s Fluid Story
    Learn about Ellen and how she manages her daily fluid intake.

  • Access Infection Avoidance
    What do you need to know about infection risk and avoidance while on dialysis? Watch this video to learn more.

  • Quick Access Check
    Look. Listen. Feel. Watch this video to learn how to do a quick access check, every day.

  • More On Dialysis
    Additional articles and resources for those on dialysis

Life Adjustments on Dialysis

When you’re on dialysis, certain things may need to shift in your life. Here are a few things you might anticipate.

Travel on Dialysis: 6 Steps to Plan Your Trip

Thinking of planning a getaway? No matter where you want to travel, don’t let kidney disease stop you. Check out these travel planning tips and start packing.

Diet on Dialysis

Find helpful tips and tools that can help you manage your diet when you’re on dialysis.

This vs. That: Low-Sodium Foods

Which foods contain less sodium? Learn more when you watch this video so you can make better choices.

Treatment Options

Even when you’re already on dialysis, it is good to know that you have other treatment options.

Treatment Options for People with Kidney Failure

Learn more about the different types of kidney disease treatments and find the one that works best for your lifestyle.

Insurance & Employment Support

Many people on dialysis continue to work. Staying employed may help you feel healthier and happier. Keeping your job may also mean you can keep your insurance and continue to receive coverage while you are on dialysis.

Understand Your Insurance Options

Overwhelmed by your insurance options? Check out this breakdown of the 6 most common health insurance options.

Tools for Dialysis Patients

Finding the right tools can help make life on dialysis simpler, whether it’s sticking with your diet or managing your dialysis treatment.

  • DaVita® Health Portal
    For DaVita dialysis patients, take control of your health with access to your dialysis lab results, medications and more.

  • Find a Dialysis Center
    Easily search for and choose a dialysis center in your area.

Adrienne Finds Online Support for Her Kidney Disease

With the help of DaVita.com tools, DaVita patient Adrienne has been able to plan kidney-friendly meals, check her lab results, know her immunization schedule and more. Learn how DaVita.com can help you manage your kidney disease.

Download Cookbooks

Access free kidney-friendly cookbooks from DaVita dietitians.

Access Education Videos

From fluid control to avoiding infection, watch education videos to help you take care of yourself on dialysis.