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Learning About the Risk for Kidney Disease​

People living with diabetes may know that diabetes might affect their eyes, feet, and heart. But many don't realize that they also have to think about their kidneys. In fact, diabetes is the leading risk factor for kidney disease, followed by high blood pressure.

Include this article in your next newsletter for those at risk for kidney disease.​

Helping People Better Understand and Manage Chronic Kidney Disease​

Learning that you or a loved one has chronic kidney disease (CKD) can be overwhelming. NKDEP has a number of helpful resources and materials to help.

Include this article in your next newsletter for those diagnosed and living with CKD.

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20 million Americans may have kidney disease, and many more are at risk. Learn if you are at risk from NIH's NKDEP.​​​​
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El número de hispanos con falla de los riñones ha aumentado más de un 70 por ciento desde el año 2000. Lee acerca de los conceptos básicos sobre la enfermedad de los riñones y sus factores de riesgo: Aprenda sobre la enfermedad de los riñones. En Inglés
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We care about kidney health. RT this if you do, too, and learn more about #kidneydisease from @NIH’s NKDEP at nkdep.nih.gov.
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​​​20 million Americans may have kidney disease, and many more are at risk. Learn more from @NIH's NKDEP at nkdep.nih.gov.
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Images

Use these images in patient education materials to easily explain kidney disease, testing, and treatment. View larger image and right click to save. For more images, visit the NIDDK image library.

Some of the images that were created by NKDEP can also be downloaded and used in other materials at no charge. These images are located below with accompanying captions that you are welcome to use in your materials, newsletters, and other communications. 


We do ask that you credit each illustration downloaded as follows:
National Kidney Disease Education Program, National Institutes of Health.


A child's torso with arrows pointing to two kidneys located near the center of the back.

Illustration of
a child's body with arrows pointing
to two kidneys located near
the center of
the back
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An adult’s torso with arrows pointing to two kidneys located near the center of the back.

Illustration
of the human body with arrows pointing
to two kidneys located near
the center of
the back
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An adult African American’s torso with arrows pointing to two kidneys located near the center of the back.

Illustration
of an African-American human body with arrows pointing to two kidneys located near the center
of the back
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A speedometer-like dial shows GFR results of 0 to 15 in red as kidney failure, 15 to 60 in yellow as kidney disease, and 60 to 120 in green as normal.

Graphic of a speedometer-like dial that depicts GFR results
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A diagram showing two circles that are half red (representing blood) and half yellow (representing urine). One circle illustrates a healthy kidney with dots representing albumin only found in the red half of the circle. The other circle illustrates a damaged kidney that has dots representing albumin in both halves of the circle.

Diagram illustrating a healthy kidney
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A chart showing a food image in the left column and tips for that food item on the right. The first row show a salt shaker with the tip, choose and prepare foods with less salt (sodium). Use less salt at the table. The second row shows a fish with the tip, select the right kinds and smaller amounts of protein. The third row shows an apple with the tip, choose foods that are healthy for your heart, like lean cuts of meat, skinless chicken, fish, fruits, vegetables, and beans. The fourth row shows a nutrition facts label with the tip, read the nutrition facts label, especially for sodium, to help you pick the right foods and drinks.

Chart that lists diet tips help slow down CKD
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Sample drugs facts label with NSAIDs
 Sample Drugs Facts label
with NSAIDs
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Sample Nutrition Facts label which explains serving sizes and sodium content

Sample Nutrition Facts label which explains serving sizes and sodium content
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A schematic of an arteriovenous or AV fistula.

Schematic of an arteriovenous or AV fistula
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A schematic of the hemodialysis process

Schematic of the hemodialysis process
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A schematic showing a transplanted kidney placed in the groin area. Three kidneys are shown to illustrate that the native kidneys are usually not removed.

Schematic showing a transplanted kidney placed in the groin area. Native kidneys usually are not removed
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A schematic of a continuous cycler-assisted peritoneal dialysis exchange while person is sleeping.

Schematic of a continuous cycler-assisted peritoneal dialysis exchange while person
is sleeping
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A schematic of a person receiving continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis exchange while reading.

Schematic of a person receiving continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis exchange while reading
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A schematic showing that the peritoneal membrane is the semipermeable “filter” in peritoneal dialysis.

Schematic showing that
the peritoneal membrane is the semipermeable “filter” in
peritoneal dialysis
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A schematic showing part of  a cycle of peritoneal dialysis or exchange.

Schematic showing during a cycle of peritoneal dialysis or exchange
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An illustration of the urinary system that is made up of the kidneys and the urine collecting system.

The urinary system is made up of the kidneys and the urine collecting system.
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