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The Connection Between EPO and Our Kidneys

You may have heard the term EPO in the news related to athletes and drug use to enhance performance. ErythroPOietin (EPO), a hormone produced by the kidneys, helps us to make red blood cells. If we don’t have enough red … Continue reading

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Down a Kidney, Running a 10K

For Terence Hickey, 27, the hardest part of donating a kidney was staying off his feet. “The process itself wasn’t as grueling as I thought it would be, but being so active, it is tough staying in bed,” he said. … Continue reading

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The Real Deal About Becoming A Living Kidney Donor, Part 2: During the Process of Becoming a Donor

So you’ve made the decision to become a living donor. You’re not alone. In the United States in 2013, there were 5,733 living kidney donors. Since 1988, there have been 127,515 living kidney donors in the United States. In 2011, … Continue reading

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Beyond the Bird: Hosting Tips to Keep Sodium and Stress Low This Holiday Season

By Jessica Goldman Foung, aka Sodium Girl A few days left until my favorite meal of the year: Thanksgiving! Flavorful food, family bonding, and hours spent feasting — it is the ultimate edible celebration. But if you’re hosting, it can … Continue reading

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Love in the Time of Transplant

By 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 … Continue reading

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Food Shock—My Tips for Tackling the Dialysis Diet

By Lisa Baxter I’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 … Continue reading

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On a Restricted Diet? Dine out with Confidence!

Other than eating without flavor, the biggest fear associated with a low-sodium diet is eating at home, alone. And most people think that eating out (and eating well) is completely out of the question. But think again. Because going to … Continue reading

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