How Alcohol Affects Your Kidneys

With the holiday season in full swing, there are bound to be parties, get-togethers, and celebrations in the upcoming weeks, with many of them involving alcohol. While a drink or two at an occasional party will likely not have any serious effects on your kidneys, heavy drinking (four or more drinks daily) can have more […]

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4 Ways to Help Manage Diabetic Kidney Disease

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and at Durham Nephrology, we want to take time to focus on preventing the damage that diabetes can have on the kidneys. Diabetes is one of the leading causes of kidney disease, with one in every four diabetic adults developing kidney disease in their lifetime. The chances of developing […]

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Why High Blood Pressure is Known as the “Silent Killer”

In the month of October is filled with scary stories and movies, and maybe one of the scariest thoughts of all is that of a silent killer: one that strikes seemingly with or warning or indication.  Outside of the realm of horror movies and novels, high blood pressure is known as the silent killer because […]

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How to Know When to See a Nephrologist

Staying in tune with your body means recognizing certain symptoms that prompt you to schedule an appointment with a nephrologist. Nephrology is a specialty of internal medicine that focuses on the treatment of diseases that affects the kidneys. Your kidneys are extremely important and serve several vital functions: waste and excess fluid removal from the […]

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10 Mental Health Self-Care Tips for Kidney Patients

Dealing with kidney disease can be stressful and take a toll on people’s daily life. So it makes sense that kidney patients may be more likely to experience depression than the general population. Because Mental Health Awareness Week is coming up on October 4th – 10th, now is a good time to look at some […]

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Is Kidney Disease One of the Risks of High Cholesterol?

September Cholesterol Education Month, which makes now the perfect time to explore how the risks of high cholesterol may impact kidney health.  About High Cholesterol Cholesterol is a fat-like substance found in your blood. The body produces cholesterol on its own but it can also come from eating animal food products like meat. While your […]

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Safe Fitness Tips for Kidney Patients

If you are a kidney patient, you are probably aware of the different things you need to do to take care of yourself. You have most likely already made several changes to your lifestyle including your diet and your activity level. Kidney patients need to get exercise to stay healthy and staying active might even […]

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What Does A Nephrologist Do?

If you know someone with a condition that affects their kidneys, you may have heard them talk about going to see a doctor called a nephrologist. You may know that a nephrologist is a kidney doctor, but you may not be familiar with all the services they provide. So what does a nephrologist do? Read […]

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Hemodialysis vs Peritoneal Dialysis: Which is Right for You?

According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, about 14% of Americans have chronic kidney disease (CKD). Many of those people benefit from a procedure called dialysis. Dialysis is a treatment used to filter waste products from the blood when the kidneys aren’t functioning properly. Because there are two types of […]

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Is There a Link Between Hepatitis and Kidney Disease?

World Hepatitis Day is coming up on July 28th. The aim of this event is to raise awareness about the disease because hundreds of millions of people worldwide are affected by viral hepatitis and many of them are undiagnosed. To help spread awareness among kidney patients, we are taking the opportunity to explore how hepatitis […]

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