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Thriving with Kidney Disease

A Practical Guide to Taking Care of Your Kidneys and Yourself

Walter A. Hunt

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A complete guide to caring for your kidneys and maximizing your health.

Kidney disease occurs when your kidneys are damaged and no longer function as well as they should. In the past, it was fatal, but thanks to new treatments, including dialysis and transplantation, people can live long and healthy lives. This book provides everything you need to know to help you cope with your kidney disease and maximize your health. Walter A. Hunt, a medical researcher who had kidney disease and received a kidney transplant, walks you through what science says about how you can take care of your kidneys…

A complete guide to caring for your kidneys and maximizing your health.

Kidney disease occurs when your kidneys are damaged and no longer function as well as they should. In the past, it was fatal, but thanks to new treatments, including dialysis and transplantation, people can live long and healthy lives. This book provides everything you need to know to help you cope with your kidney disease and maximize your health. Walter A. Hunt, a medical researcher who had kidney disease and received a kidney transplant, walks you through what science says about how you can take care of your kidneys, including what foods to avoid and what treatment options may be best for you. Also included are recommendations to help you sleep and feel better along with overall health advice.

In this latest edition, Hunt adds new sections on emerging subjects, including

• coping skills for caregivers
• kidney disease in children
• environmental causes of chronic kidney failure
• conservative care for those who wish to decline treatment
• related conditions like gout, depression, and sleep disturbances
• diet after transplantation
• how best to work with your care team
• insurance issues
• potential new treatments

A useful guide for the healthcare professionals who work with individuals with kidney problems.

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The paucity of consumer health information on kidney disease and treatment makes this essential for consumer health collections.

People with the disease can lead full and productive lives, and Hunt's readable and empathetic book will help them do just that.

Kidney patients have been waiting a long time to have in their hands a readable, authentic accounting of what kidney disease is all about and how patients cope with it... a masterful job to give lucid descriptions of the kidney's work and the consequences of renal insufficiency that we nephrologists commonly obscure with scientific word jargon.

This book should be widely available as a reference to chronic kidney disease patients and their families and by all those involved in chronic kidney disease care.

As a medical researcher, the author has the unique ability to present the key relevant information in lay patient language. This book is easy to read for most kidney patients.

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Publication Date
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Available
Trim Size
6
x
9
Pages
272
ISBN
9781421442907
Illustration Description
41 figures
Table of Contents

Foreword, by Ronald D. Perrone, MD
Preface
Chapter 1. Understanding Chronic Kidney Disease
Chapter 2. What Kidneys Do
Chapter 3. Why Kidneys Fail
Chapter 4. Diagnosing and Managing Chronic Kidney Disease
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Foreword, by Ronald D. Perrone, MD
Preface
Chapter 1. Understanding Chronic Kidney Disease
Chapter 2. What Kidneys Do
Chapter 3. Why Kidneys Fail
Chapter 4. Diagnosing and Managing Chronic Kidney Disease
Chapter 5. Preventing, Postponing, and Treating Chronic Kidney Disease
Chapter 6. Dialysis
Chapter 7. Transplantation
Chapter 8. Future Treatment Options
Epilogue
Appendix
Resources
Educational Resources
Nutrition
Transplant Donor Websites
Financial Aid
Smartphone Apps for Chronic Kidney Disease
Glossary
References
About the Author
Index

Author Bios
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Walter A. Hunt, Ph.D.

Walter A. Hunt (ACWORTH, GA) holds a doctorate in neuropharmacology from West Virginia University. As a medical researcher with the National Institutes of Health, he examined the biological basis of diseases, never considering that one day he would be dealing with a serious disease of his own. Now free of kidney problems, he is the author of Writing My Name in the Snow: How I Adapted to Kidney...