Growing Up On Dialysis

2019-03-21T21:37:30-04:00February 25th, 2019|Categories: Lifestyle, Pediatric Kidney Disease, The Kidney Citizen|

By Julie Crandall, CBCS, CMAA, Patient Ambassador, DPC Education Center Board Member How was it to grow up with end-stage renal disease (ESRD)? Since I didn’t know any other way; for me, it was normal. I can tell you that in my case, my family was the most important people that helped me navigate childhood. It helped that they didn’t treat me like the ‘sick kid’ of the family; I was a daughter and a little sister. I didn’t know what to focus on for this article. It was difficult to narrow down my childhood with ESRD and dialysis to write [...]

Work Those Kidneys Out!

2019-03-28T17:08:07-04:00February 23rd, 2019|Categories: Early Intervention, Fact Sheet, Lifestyle, Physical Health, The Kidney Citizen|

By Collette Powers, MA, RDN, LDN, ACSM EP-C We have all heard it, and we all know it. We have been told from our doctor, a friend or a loved one. Whether it is for controlling high cholesterol, managing weight, reducing blood sugar or keeping our bodies healthy overall, we have all been told at some point we should exercise. But did you know exercise may help protect your kidneys too? Fatigue is a common struggle that many patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) face. When we are tired, our instinct is to rest. However, over time, that “rest” can [...]

Airport Screening Resources for People with Disabilities or Medical Conditions

2019-02-06T10:40:57-04:00December 7th, 2018|Categories: eNews, Lifestyle, Quality of Life|Tags: |

There are airport screening resources available for people with disabilities and/or medical conditions that are planning to fly. These resources include: Contact information for TSA Cares where you can ask questions and express concerns related to airport screening Information about connecting with a Passenger Support Specialist and/or customer service manager at the airport (Note: the level of assistance will vary) Enrollment information for TSA Pre✓®, which may result in shorter lines and wait times at the airport Additional information about what to expect during the airport security screening process if you have a disability or medical condition A link to download [...]

Bladder Health and Chronic Kidney Disease

2018-11-28T18:46:36-04:00November 10th, 2018|Categories: Early Intervention, eNews, Lifestyle, News & Events, Staying Healthy, Treatment|

November is Bladder Health Month. The bladder is part of the urinary system, which also includes the kidneys. Taking care of the bladder is important for individuals with kidney disease as infections in the bladder can spread to the kidneys, which can cause permanent damage to the kidneys. Additionally, diabetes, which is one of the leading causes of chronic kidney disease, can contribute towards bladder problems. The National Institute of Health has some resources on how the bladder changes as we age and ways to keep your bladder healthy. Check out the resources below: Bladder Health for Older Adults – Discusses [...]

Grilled Herb Corn – A Kidney Friendly Summer Must-Have

2019-01-08T16:45:51-04:00August 13th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Nutrition, Recipes|

Low Sodium Herbed Grilled Corn By Jessianna Saville Ingredients ½ c butter, unsalted 2 tbsp fresh parsley, minced 2 tbsp fresh chives, minced 1 tsp dried thyme ½ tsp cayenne pepper (or per taste) 8 ears sweet corn, husked 1-2 fresh limes (opt but highly recommended!) Instructions In a small bowl, beat the first five ingredients until blended. Spread 1 tablespoon mixture over each ear of corn. Wrap corn individually in heavy-duty foil. Grill corn, covered, over medium heat 10-15 minutes or until tender, turning occasionally. Open foil carefully to allow steam to escape. Notes Phos 84 mg | Potassium 237 [...]

The Quest to Activate a Commonly Inactive Protective Protein

2019-02-06T09:52:08-04:00May 20th, 2018|Categories: Early Intervention, eNews, Nutrition|Tags: , |

New research sponsored by the American Heart Association found high levels of a protective protein, albeit an inactive version of the protein, in the blood of African-Americans on dialysis.  Matrix Gla protein, or MGP, has high affinity binding to calcium ions and therefore inhibiting vascular calcification. Researchers believe finding ways to activate this protein can lead to lower rates of vascular disease in current dialysis patients. MGP is activated by vitamin K and appears to be the only natural inhibitor of vascular calcification while vitamin K is the only known activator of MGP. Active MGP binds to calcium that circulates in [...]

Renal Friendly Ginger Cookies

2019-01-08T21:59:51-04:00January 9th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Nutrition, Recipes|

These ginger cookies are exceptionally magical for the holidays with their golden sprinkles and perfect soft, chewy center. Swapping out kidney-friendly honey for the traditional molasses drops the potassium by just about 100 mg without sacrificing flavor. Magical Ginger Cookies for The Holidays Serves: 24 Cookies Ingredients 2-1/4 cups all-purpose white flour 2 teaspoons ground ginger 1 teaspoon baking soda ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon ½ teaspoon ground cloves ¾ cup butter 1-1/8 cups granulated sugar 2 egg whites ¼ cup honey Nutrition Information Serving size: 1 cookie Calories: 138 | Fat: 6 g | Phosphorus: 15 mg | Potassium: 24 mg |Carbohydrates: 20 g | Sodium: 59 mg | Protein: 1.5 g | Get the full [...]

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

2018-12-11T00:33:23-04:00November 20th, 2017|Categories: Early Intervention, Lifestyle, Nutrition, What Causes Kidney Disease|Tags: |

If you have diabetes you are at a higher risk for kidney disease, especially if you have high glucose and high blood pressure. Approximately 1 in 4 adults with diabetes will also develop kidney disease. Your chances increase if you smoke, are overweight, have heart disease, have a family member with kidney disease and you don’t exercise or follow your diabetes food plan. Many people are not aware that they have kidney disease and would benefit from being tested for it. To keep your kidneys as healthy as you can, work with your health care team to keep your glucose and [...]

Make Your Own Super Cider

2019-01-10T14:32:35-04:00November 14th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Nutrition, Recipes|

Fall temperatures have arrived in the DC area and many places around the country! This can only mean one thing... toasty warm apple cider is at the ready! Jessiana from KidneyGrub.com provides a great kidney friendly recipe for those who want to enjoy the best flavors fall has to offer. Make Your Own Super Cider! Naturally Kidney Friendly Serves: A LOT Apple cider is naturally a kidney friendly drink due to its low potassium content. Cut back on sugar and keep portion size reasonable if you're watching carb intake Ingredients 10 apples, quartered ½ cup white sugar 1 tablespoon ground [...]