Take the short Kidney Quiz today and find out if you are at risk for kidney disease
Many people are uncertain what kidneys do – other than they help us pee. We don't know our risk factors for kidney disease, so the condition is often diagnosed at an advanced stage, when treatment is much more difficult.
They filter an amazing 150 quarts of fluid from our blood and then absorb back the water, nutrients and electrolytes that we need and create what we pee with the rest. Most of us have two kidneys, though we only need one. Each kidney is fist-sized, located on each side of the spine at the lowest level of your rib cage.
If your tests show reduced kidney function, your doctor will monitor you regularly, as often as monthly. With monitoring, your primary care provider will refer you to a nephrologist, a doctor specializing in kidneys. They will tell you about specific treatments and how to slow the progression of your condition. Treatment options when kidneys fail include dialysis (either at home or in a dialysis center), a transplant, or palliative care in certain circumstances.
We are committed to community awareness for preventing diabetes. We offer a variety of information on diabetes prevention from the Center for Disease Control and other national sources, as well as a diabetes risk assessment and access to support groups and prevention classes.
You do not have to experience dialysis alone. We provide many assistance funds (general, dental, scholarship) to help with the cost, as well as, videos, mentorship for pre-dialysis, caregiver information for more insight to the process.
The journey to transplant can be complex but we offer resources to make it less overwhelming. We can help with out of pocket costs for eligible individuals, offer a Peer 2 Peer Mentorship program and more!
Children can also be at risk for kidney disease. We offer resources for children including coloring books from the Center for Disease Control, Eagle Books videos, and more.
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