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Albuminuria and CKD (for health care professionals)

Chronic kidney disease is generally progressive and irreversible, but there are steps providers and patients can take to slow progression. Read about nutritional, lifestyle, and medical interventions.

Anemia and CKD (for health care professionals)

As eGFR declines, complications and comorbidities occur more commonly and are more severe. Read about treating cardiovascular disease, anemia, malnutrition, mineral and bone disorders, and depression.

Assess Urine Albumin

For many people, albuminuria is the earliest sign of kidney damage. Read why a urine albumin-to-creatinine ratio on a spot urine specimen is the recommended test to assess and monitor urine albumin.

At Risk for Kidney Disease?

Living with diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease? Learn how these diseases raise your risk for kidney disease and how to talk to your healthcare provider about your kidney health.

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Blood Glucose Control and CKD (for health care professionals)

Chronic kidney disease is generally progressive and irreversible, but there are steps providers and patients can take to slow progression. Read about nutritional, lifestyle, and medical interventions.

Blood Pressure Control and CKD (for health care professionals)

Chronic kidney disease is generally progressive and irreversible, but there are steps providers and patients can take to slow progression. Read about nutritional, lifestyle, and medical interventions.

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Cardiovascular Disease and CKD (for health care professionals)

As eGFR declines, complications and comorbidities occur more commonly and are more severe. Read about treating cardiovascular disease, anemia, malnutrition, mineral and bone disorders, and depression.

Children and Kidney Disease

Some diseases and conditions put children at risk for kidney disease. Learn about the risk factors, urine test, and treatment for kidney disease in children.

Children At Risk for Kidney Disease

This brochure explains risk factors for kidney disease, the importance of getting their child's urine tested, and the availability of treatment.

Choosing Not to Treat with Dialysis or Transplant

If your kidneys fail, dialysis can help you feel better and live longer. Learn about the two types of dialysis and how dialysis filters wastes and water from your blood

Chronic Kidney Disease and Medicines: What You Need to Know

This brochure explains how to use medicines to people with chronic kidney disease and encourages patients to turn to pharmacists for information and support.

Chronic Kidney Disease: What Does it Mean for Me?

This brochure explains the basics of chronic kidney disease for people who were recently diagnosed.

CKD & Nutrition for Dietetic Educators

Registered dietitians, these five training modules can prepare you to provide medical nutrition therapy to CKD patients.

CKD and Drug Dosing: Information for Providers

This fact sheet serves as a reference for providers on estimating kidney function for prescription medication dosage.

CKD Diet Counseling (Medical Nutrition Therapy) Referral Form

Diet therapy is critical for patients with chronic kidney disease. Primary care providers, fill out this form to share important patient data with the consulting dietitian.

CKD Nutrition Management Training Program

Registered dietitians, these five training modules can prepare you to provide medical nutrition therapy to CKD patients.

Communicating Difficult Messages to Patients

This tool helps educators create and implement six lesson plans for counseling patients with chronic kidney disease about managing their disease and preparing for rental replacement therapy.

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Dialysis

If your kidneys fail, dialysis can help you feel better and live longer. Learn about the two types of dialysis and how dialysis filters wastes and water from your blood

Diet and Lifestyle Changes

You may need to make some changes to your diet and lifestyle to help you live a healthier and longer life. These diet and lifestyle changes are good for your heart and for your kidneys.

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Eating Right for Kidney Health: Tips for People with Chronic Kidney Disease

People with kidney disease may need to make changes to their diet to help them live a healthier, longer life. This fact sheet provides an overview of the basics of nutrition and CKD.

eGFR (for health care professionals)

Estimated GFR test results can provide insight into a patient's kidney function. Read about the limitations of GFR and why the MDRD Study equation is recommended for estimating GFR from serum creatinine in adults.

Estimate Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR)

Estimated GFR test results can provide insight into a patient's kidney function. Read about the limitations of GFR and why the MDRD Study equation is recommended for estimating GFR from serum creatinine in adults.

Explaining Your Kidney Test Results: A Tear-off Pad for Clinical Use

This tear-off pad includes helpful talking points and descriptive images to help providers explain urine albumin and estimated glomerular filtration rate test results to patients.

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Federal Response to CKD

Many Federal agencies lead an aspect of the multi-faceted and interconnected response to CKD. This table provides summaries of these agencies' current CKD-related activities and contacts for each.

Food Label Reading: Tips for People with Chronic Kidney Disease

People with kidney disease may need to make changes to their diet to live a healthier, longer life. This fact sheet provides tips on reading and understanding food labels.

For People with Diabetes or High Blood Pressure: Get Checked for Kidney Disease

This brochure explains the risk factors for kidney disease and the importance of getting tested for people who are at risk.

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Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR) Calculators

Use NKDEP's GFR calculators to estimate kidney function for adults and children.

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Helping Diabetes Educators Care for Patients with Kidney Disease

Diabetes educators play a crucial role on the health care team and are critical to improving early detection and slowing the progression of chronic kidney disease (CKD).

High Blood Pressure and Children: What Parents Need to Know

This brochure explains high blood pressure in children to parents and provides steps to keep their child healthy.

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Immunizations and CKD (for health care professionals)

As eGFR declines, complications and comorbidities occur more commonly and are more severe. Read about treating cardiovascular disease, anemia, malnutrition, mineral and bone disorders, and depression.

Is My Child at Risk for Kidney Disease?

This brochure explains risk factors for kidney disease, the importance of getting their child's urine tested, and the availability of treatment.

Is Your Child at Risk for Kidney Disease? (Poster)

This poster explains risk factors for kidney disease and the importance of urine testing.

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Keep Your Kidneys Healthy

Learn what steps you can take to keep your kidneys (and the rest of your body) healthy.

Kidney Disease Basics

Learn how your kidneys work, what kidney disease means, and how diabetes and high blood pressure can lead to kidney disease over time.

Kidney Disease Education (for health care professionals)

Effective management of chronic kidney disease (CKD) requires both prepared health care providers and informed patients. NKDEP has developed numerous resources to expand CKD knowledge among providers.

Kidney Disease: What African Americans Need to Know

This brochure highlights key facts about the impact of kidney disease on African Americans and statistics related to kidney disease in the United States.

Kidney Failure

If your kidneys fail, there are treatments that can help you live a longer, healthier life. Learn about working with your health care provider to choose a treatment that is right for you.

Kidney Transplant

While a kidney transplant is a treatment for kidney failure, it is not a cure, and it is also not for everyone. Learn more about kidney transplants and what it could mean for you or a loved one.

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Living with Kidney Disease

If you've been diagnosed with kidney disease, you probably have a lot of questions. Learn how to monitor your kidney health, make healthy lifestyle choices, and work with your health care providers to manage your health.

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Make the Kidney Connection: Food Tips and Healthy Eating Ideas

This fact sheet lists healthy eating tips and recipes and has links to other resources.

Malnutrition and CKD (for health care professionals)

As eGFR declines, complications and comorbidities occur more commonly and are more severe. Read about treating cardiovascular disease, anemia, malnutrition, mineral and bone disorders, and depression.

Medicines and Kidney Disease

If you are living with kidney disease, it's important to understand what the medicines you take can do to your body and kidneys. Learn about the medicines you may need to take and the ones you need to avoid.

Mineral and Bone Disorders and CKD (for health care professionals)

As eGFR declines, complications and comorbidities occur more commonly and are more severe. Read about treating cardiovascular disease, anemia, malnutrition, mineral and bone disorders, and depression.

Monitoring Your Kidney Health

Your GFR and urine albumin results will help you and your provider keep track of your kidney health.

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National Kidney Month

March is National Kidney Month. Read about the many things you can do to recognize National Kidney Month in your community, with your family, or with your faith organization.

Nephrology Referral Form

Collaborative management between primary care providers (PCP) and nephrologists may improve patient outcomes. Primary care physicians, fill out this form to share important patient data with the consulting nephrologist.

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Paying for Kidney Failure Treatment

If your kidneys fail, dialysis can help you feel better and live longer. Learn about the two types of dialysis and how dialysis filters wastes and water from your blood

Phosphate-Binding Medications and CKD (for health care professionals)

As eGFR declines, complications and comorbidities occur more commonly and are more severe. Read about treating cardiovascular disease, anemia, malnutrition, mineral and bone disorders, and depression.

Phosphorous: Tips for People with Chronic Kidney Disease

People with kidney disease may need to make changes to their diet to help them live a healthier, longer life. This fact sheet provides tips on lowering phosphorous in the diet.

Potassium: Tips for People with Chronic Kidney Disease

People with kidney disease may need to make changes to their diet to help them live a healthier, longer life. This fact sheet provides tips on lowering potassium in the diet.

Preparing for Kidney Failure Treatment

Talking with your provider about your treatment options ahead of time helps you take charge of your care. Learn about preparing for kidney failure as your kidney disease progresses.

Professional Education

Effective management of chronic kidney disease (CKD) requires both prepared health care providers and informed patients. NKDEP has developed numerous resources to expand CKD knowledge among providers.

Protein: Tips for People with Chronic Kidney Disease

People with kidney disease may need to make changes to their diet to help them live a healthier, longer life. This fact sheet provides tips on eating the right amount of protein.

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Quality Improvement in Primary Care Settings

NKDEP supports addressing chronic kidney disease in the primary care setting, as managing CKD prior to referral can improve outcomes. Learn about the NKDEP's Community Health Center CKD Pilot Project.

Questions and Answers About Diabetes

This fact sheet answers key questions about diabetes and kidney health.

Questions and Answers about High Blood Pressure

This fact sheet answers common questions about high blood pressure and kidney health.

Questions and Answers About the Kidneys and Kidney Disease

This fact sheet answers important questions about the risk factors for kidney disease, testing, and what people can do to protect their kidneys.

Questions to Ask if You Have Kidney Disease

If you have kidney disease, it's important to talk to your health care providers about your kidney health. These questions can help you get the conversation started.

Questions to Ask Your Health Care Professional

If you're at risk for kidney disease, it's important to talk about your kidney health with your health care providers. These questions can help you get the conversation started.

Quick Reference on UACR and GFR

This fact sheet presents providers with key information about assessing urine albumin-to-creatinine ratio and estimated glomerular filtration rate to help them evaluate patients for kidney disease.

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Race, Ethnicity and Kidney Disease

If you are African American, Hispanic, or American Indian, you may be at higher risk for developing kidney failure. Learn about kidney disease in these groups.

Riñones, Tesoros (Kidneys, Treasures) Education Program for Community Health Workers

The program is designed to help community health workers (CHWs) or “promotores de salud” educate Hispanics living with diabetes about kidney disease and kidney failure.

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Sodium: Tips for People with Chronic Kidney Disease

People with kidney disease may need to make changes to their diet to help them live a healthier, longer life. This fact sheet provides tips on lowering sodium in the diet.

Supporting Pharmacists in Managing CKD

Pharmacists play a crucial role on the healthcare team, and are critical to improving early detection and slowing the progression of chronic kidney disease (CKD).

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Talking with Your Health Care Professionals

The most important person on your health care team is you. Get tips for talking with your health care providers and managing your kidney health.

Testing for Kidney Disease

Early kidney disease has no signs or symptoms. Learn about simple blood and urine tests that are used to check your kidney health.

Treat Complications and Comorbidities

As eGFR declines, complications and comorbidities occur more commonly and are more severe. Read about treating cardiovascular disease, anemia, malnutrition, mineral and bone disorders, and depression.

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Understanding GFR

Your GFR test result tells you how well your kidneys are working. Learn about the GFR blood test and what the results mean.

Understanding Urine Albumin

Your urine albumin test result tells you if your kidneys are damaged. Learn about the urine albumin test and what the results mean.

Urine Albumin

Urine albumin measurement and reporting is critical to the early detection and treatment of chronic kidney disease. Read about urine albumin standardization issues.

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Vitamin D Supplements and CKD (for health care professionals)

As eGFR declines, complications and comorbidities occur more commonly and are more severe. Read about treating cardiovascular disease, anemia, malnutrition, mineral and bone disorders, and depression.

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Working with Your Health Care Providers

If you have kidney disease, you will need to work with many types of health care providers. Learn about the different health care providers you may see and the role they may play in your treatment.

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Your Kidney Test Results (Fact Sheet)

This fact sheet was designed for use by health care professionals to help people with kidney disease keep track of their lab values.

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