10 Things You Should Know About Kidney Donation

April is National Donate Life Month (NDLM). The goal of NDLM is to raise awareness about the importance of organ donation and encourage Americans to register as donors. In honor of this important cause, we’ve put together a list of the top 10 things you should know about kidney donation. 1. More than 100,000 People […]

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8 Everyday Habits to Keep Kidneys Healthy

During the month of March, Durham Nephrology is joining communities around the country to raise awareness about kidney health for National Kidney Month. This initiative is in partnership with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) due to the link between high blood pressure and kidney disease.  Most of the time we aren’t thinking […]

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Kidney Disease by the Numbers

Kidney disease is a very common condition in the United States. Millions of people have chronic kidney disease (CKD), but many of them do not even know they have it. This is especially true of individuals in the first two stages of CKD. To better understand the reality of how common kidney disease is in […]

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The Link Between Heart and Kidney Health

Because February is American Heart Month, it’s a good time to focus on the link between heart and kidney health. If you have kidney disease or heart disease, it is important to understand how the two are connected. Why is chronic kidney disease (CKD) so closely linked with heart/cardiovascular disease (CVD)? And what can you […]

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New Treatments for Kidney Disease in People with Adult Onset Diabetes

SGLT2 Inhibitors are a readily available group of medicines that were initially developed for diabetes.  They have recently been shown to be capable of cutting the loss of kidney function in half.  Background Each year, an estimated 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes. The effect of diabetes on the kidneys varies greatly from person […]

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Living with Kidney Disease During the Holidays

If you’re living with kidney disease, you know how important it is to follow the day-to-day treatment plan recommended by your doctor. That shouldn’t change during the holiday season. There may be added stress or out-of-the-ordinary circumstances, but you can still enjoy the festivities. By taking care of yourself both mentally and physically, you’ll make […]

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Is There a Cure for Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)?

About 37 million American adults have chronic kidney disease, often called by its initials, CKD. With so many people dealing with the condition, a lot of people ask: is there a cure for chronic kidney disease? To correctly answer that question, we need to look at what CKD really is and what causes it. What […]

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11 Foods that Increase Blood Pressure

If you deal with high blood pressure, or hypertension, then you probably already know that a healthy diet is one of the most effective ways to manage it. It’s important to consume whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and lean protein. Additionally, you should avoid things high in sugar and sodium, which is one of the top […]

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Treatment Options for Kidney Disease

Kidney disease, also referred to as kidney failure, causes your kidneys to gradually lose their function. Your kidneys are two fist-sized organs located against your lower back muscles that perform the vital function of filtering waste material and fluid from your blood. The filtered material then exits your body in your urine. Advanced stages of […]

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Can You Reverse Kidney Damage?

The key to reversing kidney damage is early detection. If it is caught early enough, the underlying issue can be treated and your kidneys can begin to heal themselves. Treatment for kidney damage will likely involve changes to your lifestyle and possibly medical procedures. What are the Symptoms of Kidney Failure? When your kidneys begin […]

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