My son’s kidney story [2/3]

My son’s kidney story [2/3]

Daniella Effrim-Botchey, tells of the real-life struggles of a mother-to-be whose unborn son who was diagnosed with posterior urethral valves (PUV). She poignantly describes the emotional work of coming to terms with the diagnosis and how she adapted to caring for her son whose kidneys would ultimately fail. When faced with difficult circumstances, she found […]

My son’s kidney story [1/3]

My son’s kidney story [1/3]

Daniella Effrim-Botchey, tells of the real-life struggles of a mother-to-be whose unborn son who was diagnosed with posterior urethral valves (PUV). She poignantly describes the emotional work of coming to terms with the diagnosis and how she adapted to caring for her son whose kidneys would ultimately fail. When faced with difficult circumstances, she found […]

Getting your life back from Polycystic Kidney Disease

Getting your life back from Polycystic Kidney Disease

Sue Jobson is a British health coach, healer and writer who inspires people with kidney disease to get their health, happiness and freedom back. Here she shares her story on how she adapted her life after an out-of-the-blue diagnosis with Polycystic Kidney Disease almost 30 years ago, and how she now helps others to adopt […]

What should you know about kidney disease and mental health?

What should you know about kidney disease and mental health?

It is very common for people with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), especially those who reach End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), to experience mental health disorders.[1] Indeed, once ESRD is diagnosed, patients undergo a huge amount of stressors: they spend at least three days per week in a dialysis center or in a hospital for about […]

Reducing inequities in kidney health for Indigenous people in Australia

Reducing inequities in kidney health for Indigenous people in Australia

April is a big month for kidney health in Australia. The World Congress of Nephrology is in Melbourne and Kidney Health Week, the national awareness week for kidney disease led by Kidney Health Australia (as the peak kidney consumer organisation in Australia) runs from 8 – 14 April. The Kidney Health Week campaign ‘Don’t Be […]

World Kidney Day is only 20 days away: all you need to know!

World Kidney Day is only 20 days away: all you need to know!

850 million people worldwide are now estimated to have kidney diseases from various causes. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) causes at least 2.4 million deaths per year and is now the 6th fastest growing cause of death. Hence, our 2019 theme is “Kidney Health for Everyone Everywhere”, aiming to highlight the growing burden of kidney disease […]

High-Protein Diets and Kidney Disease

In the era of social media, especially of Instagram, people are increasingly exposed to diet and fitness advertisements. Personal trainers and top models provide tips on how to lose weight, sometimes selling magical packages of workout + diets that can – in their opinion – change your body shape within a few weeks. On the […]

Sodium, Hypertension and Kidney Disease

Sodium, Hypertension and Kidney Disease

Sodium is a mineral naturally present in foods, as well as the major component of the commonly used table salt (Sodium Chloride). Our bodies need a small amount of sodium to function regularly, but an excess of this mineral can lead to hypertension and other serious health issues. The correct amount of sodium in a […]

Early Detection of CKD: What You Need to Know

Early Detection of CKD: What You Need to Know

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a progressive loss in kidney function over a period of months or years. Your kidneys are made of millions of nephrons which, for a variety of reasons, stop working when you develop CKD. The more your nephrons shut down, the worse is your kidney function. Once your kidney function is […]

A Different Day in a Dialysis Centre

A Different Day in a Dialysis Centre

Dialysis is the treatment that is needed when your own kidneys can no longer take care of your body’s needs. Inbound kidney patients spend at least three days per week in a dialysis center or in a hospital for about four hours each session. They need to do so, for their survival, even though this […]