Kidney failure, also known as renal failure, is a medical condition where the kidneys fail to adequately filter waste products from the blood. Some types of kidney failure are treatable and the kidney function may return to normal. This form is known as acute kidney failure. In this case, kidney failure is caused by a rapid loss of kidney ability due a serious illness or injury. Acute kidney failure, also called acute kidney injury, is common in patients who are already in the hospital in critical care or intensive care.
Chronic kidney disease, (CKD), is a condition that causes gradual loss of kidney function over time. The two main causes of chronic kidney disease or CKD are diabetes and high blood pressure which are responsible for up to two-thirds of the cases. Early detection and treatment can often keep chronic kidney disease from getting worse. When kidney disease progresses, it may eventually lead to kidney failure that requires kidney dialysis treatment or a kidney transplant to maintain your life.
Below is a list of medical resource links to help you or your family learn more about chronic kidney disease (CKD), kidney failure or renal failure, acute renal failure, dialysis treatments and much more.
- Renal Support Network
- American Association Kidney Patients
- ESRD Network Forums
- Kidney School of the Medical Education Institute
- American Kidney Fund
- Fistula First
- National Kidney Foundation
- Nephron Information Center
- Renal Web
- National Kidney Center
- Life Options Rehabilitation Program
- Polycystic Kidney Disease
- Renal Info
- The Renal Network
The following renal diet smart phone apps offer valuable information at your fingertips. Use the links provided to learn more.
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.painfreeliving.android.activities&hl=en
- RENAL TRKRR
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mercy.renaltrkr&hl=en
- Kidney Diet Food Checker
- Kidney Diet Recipes