Your Guide to Dialysis

At Durham Nephrology, dialysis is at the core of our service offerings. We specialize in hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis and treat patients at six dialysis centers located throughout Durham and Granville counties. Dialysis is used to replace some of the functions of the kidneys in advanced stages of kidney disease. While a nephrologist will try […]

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Protein in the Urine: What You Need to Know

In the grand scheme of medical conditions, excess protein in the urine may not seem like that big of a deal, but in reality, this excess protein is one of the main factors of chronic kidney disease. Medically referred to as “proteinuria,” protein in the urine isn’t just a side effect of CKD; it can […]

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How to Manage Pain Associated with Kidney Disease

Both chronic and acute pain is a common side effect of chronic kidney disease (CKD). While pain affects 100 million people in the United States alone, it disproportionately affects those with CKD. A staggering 60% of hemodialysis patients report having moderate or severe chronic pain. While dialysis is a necessary treatment for those with dysfunctioning […]

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Difference Between Nephrology and Urology

If you’re facing issues with your kidneys, there may be more than just one specialist that you can be referred to. Both nephrology and urology touch on different facets of kidney health, so it can be difficult to decipher which specialist to go to for treatment. In some cases, a patient may need to see […]

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Environmental Factors that Contribute to Kidney Problems

In past blogs, we have discussed possible risk factors for CKD. While some of these risk factors you can control, such as smoking, other health conditions and uncontrollable risk factors like age and ethnicity also play a role in the health of your kidneys. Other less commonly talked about causes of kidney disease and kidney […]

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The Effects CKD Can Have on the Rest of Your Body

When dealing with chronic kidney disease (CKD), the disease’s effects, such as gradual loss of kidney function, have severe implications for various other systems within the body. While either high blood pressure or diabetes typically causes CKD, the damage to your kidneys can lead to more problems with other parts of the body. While high […]

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5 Types of Heart-Healthy Self-Care

Selfcare has been a popular topic of conversation, especially as we navigated this last year of social distancing and sheltering in place. With mental health facing many adverse effects during the pandemic, many of us are scrambling to find peace by practicing small self-care acts throughout our busy weeks. While many of these acts have […]

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How to Prepare for Your Nephrology Appointment

If you’ve been referred to a nephrologist for the first time, it’s normal to have some questions. Nephrology is a specialty branch of medicine that focuses on the kidneys, specifically studying kidney function and kidney disease. There are several reasons why your primary care physician may refer you to a nephrologist. Those with diabetes, high […]

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3 Fad Diets and Their Effect on Your Kidneys

Over the last couple of weeks, there has been a lot of talk about health, wellness, and New Years Resolutions. Whenever health and weight loss becomes top of mind, so do various diets and nutrition plans. While many of these diets claim to be based on science and advertise numerous health benefits, it’s always recommended […]

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How to Monitor Your Blood Pressure From Home

Depending on your blood pressure, your doctor may suggest that you begin to monitor your blood pressure from home. While there are specific reasons as to why you may benefit from at-home blood pressure readings, the American Heart Association recommends at-home monitoring as a general rule of thumb for anyone with high blood pressure. While […]

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