Kidney Class Week 1

This topic will fall on each Wednesday. I had a long workday yesterday and had errands to run, so I was too tired to put together a post last night. This new kidney class will be in a section all by itself so it is easy to find as I add new information each week. There are 65 total slides and they are the copyrighted information for American Kidney Fund. So, please don’t take them and use them without permission. I am an AKF Kidney Coach and I have just completed the newly updated class that focuses a lot on prevention. I decided to leave the old slides on this blog because they are not bad information. If you would rather take the whole class with me all at once, rather than wait for weekly posts, you can email me at and I will work with you to set that up.

A little background in case you are new here and you would rather not read through 4 years of posts. I have CKD. I have managed to get myself back to stage 2 with lifestyle and diet changes. Zetia may or may not have helped as well, as I was hovering just below stage 2 before I began taking that in October of last year. I wish I knew more about prevention for CKD, or if someone put it in my face more often. While I am a nurse, we often tend to not take care of ourselves while we take care of everyone else. I would say parents, and anyone who works a job would fall under this category as well. We are always busy, always going, and often don’t take time to care for ourselves. Prevention of CKD takes a Mindful attitude to what we eat, how we relax if we exercise, and so much more.

While it is true once you have CKD, you always have it. There is no cure. However, it is possible to prevent it, slow its progression of it, and even possibly improve it though most doctors will say that really isn’t possible.

These first two slides are really just an introduction and some topics for you to think about. See if you know off the top of your head the answers to these questions. I dropped my phone and it has a crack on the screen so the images have a funny mark through them.

Here are the questions.

  1. What are kidneys and what do they do?
  2. What is Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)?
  3. What are ways to prevent CKD and Kidney Failure?
  4. What are treatments for Kidney Failure?

My disclaimer for this set of topics is as follows. This information belongs to AKF. I have been given permission via becoming a Kidney Coach to facilitate and share this information with you. I can add my own personal experiences with CKD and thoughts. It is intended to educate and inform. It is not intended to be medical or nutritional advice.

I would love to hear from you. Your input makes these classes all the better. Share your thoughts, concerns, etc. If you have CKD or love someone who does, share your experience. I do moderate comments, but all valid comments and questions will be allowed.


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