The Trick of Treats: Secret Sodium in Holiday Sweets

By Jessica Goldman Foung, aka Sodium Girl

Jess halloweenIt’s officially the start of the holidays. Or what I like to call, “the season of eating.” And from Halloween to the New Year, we enjoy a flurry of traditions, many of which involve food. But while most people know to avoid the savory dishes high in sodium–like gravies, ham, and that big bowl of cheesy mashed potatoes (which we’ll chat more about next month)–what might come as a big surprise, is that you have to watch out for the sweets, too. Even when something tastes of sugar and spice, it may also contain a large amount of sodium–enough to tip your daily intake over that recommended limit with everything else you eat that day.

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Love in the Time of Transplant

Jewel EdwardsBy Jewel Edwards-Ashman

I got the news that my kidneys were failing in November 2012, just before Thanksgiving.  Up until that point, life had been going pretty well.  In fact, it had been pretty awesome.  My boyfriend of about seven years at the time had proposed in the spring. I traveled to Kazakhstan just months prior to see my best friend from college get married.  Guest lists were written up and wedding dress Pinterest boards were started.  I was looking forward to June 15, 2013, the day we’d set to be married.  My family and friends were all abuzz with pre-wedding excitement.  With all that was happening, it’s safe to say that I didn’t expect my kidney function to drop below 20 percent in the midst of all the good times and celebration.  But that’s just what it did.

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Food Shock—My Tips for Tackling the Dialysis Diet

By Lisa Baxter

Lisa BaxterI’ve been around kidney disease and kidney failure my entire life. My father had polycystic kidney disease (PKD) and three of my sisters and three brothers ended up on dialysis.

It wasn’t until I received a sonogram that showed cysts around my kidneys that it really hit home that I had PKD too.

I knew I would have to go on dialysis someday, but I never knew how much dialysis would impact my diet. I love food! I used to be the one with all the snacks in the pantry. All that had to change if I was going to follow the rules of the dialysis diet.

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Celebrating Freedom from Kidney Disease

By Gina Ormand

L to R: Gina, her father, and her sister Jill

L to R: Gina, her father, and her sister Jill

July 4th is the highlight of the summer, when families across America celebrate together by cooking out, relaxing and sharing stories, all in celebration of freedom.  Though I’ve always loved this holiday, Independence Day has taken on a new meaning for my family in the last few years; freedom from kidney disease.

If you have ever had a phone call that made your heart skip a beat, then you know how I was feeling in July 2007.

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FDA Approves First Non-invasive Test to Help Identify Cause of Certain Kidney Disease

By Beth Piraino, MD

Membranous glomerulonephritis

Membranous glomerulonephritis

A new blood test has been approved by the FDA to test people who may possibly have a type of kidney disease called membranous glomerulonephritis.  This is a type of kidney disease that can be treated once diagnosed.   Continue reading

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Cousins Connected by a Kidney

By Ashley Kincaid

Ashley (L) and her cousin/donor Maquia run the UAE Healthy Kidney 10K

Ashley (R) and her cousin/donor Maquia (L) run the UAE Healthy Kidney 10K

In March of 2002, my world as I knew it was rocked.  After coming down with a cold during the winter of 2002, no one thought it was a big deal, until I got really sick and had to be hospitalized.  My life-long pediatrician broke the news to us that I was experiencing irreversible kidney failure due to lupus.  We adjusted our lives, and I went off to Cornell University to begin my schooling.  I had a great freshman year, and then over the summer, I became really sick and my kidneys began to fail.  I saw my doctor at home, and tried to go back to Cornell in the fall, but I had to immediately return home and begin dialysis to prepare for a kidney transplant.  Fortunately, my mother was a match and we were transplanted on April 9th, 2004.  Fast forward 8 great years and for no definable reason, “Kinney the Kidney” began to fail and I had to search for a replacement.

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Know Your Options

By Beth Piraino, MD

Beth Piraino MDI met a 26 year old woman recently who was referred by a friend of the family for a second opinion. I seem to get a lot of new patients in this way.  She was found to have advanced kidney failure, and needed to go on dialysis immediately.  Unfortunately, the prior year she had seen her primary care doctor for headaches and was noted to have a blood pressure of 140/85.  But no kidney function tests were given.  She was placed on ibuprofen and acetaminophen, and when she still did not find any relief, she was referred to a neurologist specializing in headaches.  Migraines were diagnosed, but at this visit her blood pressure was 150/90.  Again, no kidney tests were done, but fortunately the ibuprofen, which can damage the kidneys, was stopped.

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