Here we are at week 2 of the AKF Kidney Education Class. I am a Kidney Health Coach, which is a volunteer position with AKF. I had to take the class and exam to become a Kidney Health Coach. This is the updated, new version, but part of the old version is still on this blog because it contained good information as well. The slides shown below are copyrighted material belonging to AKF. Please do not take them and use them for your own purposes. You can always become a Kidney Coach and use them after passing the exam. Each week you will read the slide, or slides, and watch a video if I find a pertinent video.You can ask questions in the comments and I will answer them. Spam is not allowed and I moderate all comments. If you would rather take the whole kidney class with me all at once, rather than wait for the weekly portion to come out, send me a message using the contact form below. I am currently not doing any in-person classes, but that may change in the future.
This class is really for anyone, but it may be particularly useful to anyone with CKD, at risk for CKD, or who knows someone with CKD. I have CKD. I was diagnosed in 2017. I created this blog to increase awareness of kidney issues, and other topics as well.
None of the information on this blog is intended to be medical or nutritional advice. It is for informational purposes only and to spark a conversation. In these AKF classes, I will always give my thoughts, personal experiences, and even opinion. I encourage you to do the same.
This week I am going to talk about the kidney and what the kidney does.
We have two kidneys, that are shaped like beans, the size of an adult fist, and can be found in the low back above the waistline.
In the video below, by Khan Academy, he does a very good job of explaining what the kidney does. I will talk more next week about the other functions of the kidney, but for this week we are talking about the kidney’s job of filtering waste. I have used Khan Academy with my own kids for homeschooling.
The kidneys are vital organs, and we need them. They do many important things. Today, is just one of the things the kidneys do. Come back next week for more good information.