Resources

Fighting kidney disease is easier with the right support. Check out this list when you want to learn more, read about research breakthroughs or simply talk to someone who’s going through the same thing.

Education


About kidney disease and treatment options

 

Kidney School

All the basics in one place. Learn about how kidneys work, dialysis, transplant and how to stay healthy with kidney disease.

 

The National Kidney Foundation

A wealth of useful information on preventing, treating and living healthily with kidney disease.

 

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

A list of many of the most common questions to ask your healthcare provider if you have been diagnosed with kidney disease.

 

Home Dialysis Central

A great source of information on peritoneal dialysis and home hemodialysis, with articles, patient stories, message boards and the latest research news.

 

Life Options

Information for patients on how to live long and well with kidney disease. The site includes patient stories, “Ask Our Expert” and a glossary.

 

The American Association of Kidney Patients

Useful information through FAQs, its AAKP Pulse Blog and downloadable guides. It also features a library of educational resources.

 

The American Heart Association

Cardiovascular disease is both a cause and a symptom of chronic kidney disease. Get information on how to keep your heart healthy.

 

Explore Transplant

A fantastic resource for those who have had a kidney transplant or are considering one in the future.

 

About diabetes

 

Do I Have Prediabetes?

1 in 3 people in the United States have prediabetes. Take the risk quiz today.

 

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Have diabetes? Learn about the disease and how to prevent complications.

 

The American Diabetes Association

Diabetes is the leading cause of chronic kidney disease. Find ways to monitor your diabetes and stay healthy.

 

Washington 2-1-1

Search for local Diabetes Prevention Program classes and other resources.

 

Washington State Diabetes Connection

Find out about free diabetes educational workshops in Washington and get tips to help you stay healthy with diabetes.

Support, community and advocacy


Renal Support Network

An organization of patients offering resources to help you stay informed, feel supported and remain encouraged throughout your treatment.

 

Dialysis From the Sharp End of the Needle

Bill Peckham is a Northwest Kidney Centers home dialysis patient and emeritus chair of the board of trustees. Visit his blog for personal stories, links, commentary and more.

 

World Kidney Day

Celebrated on the second Thursday in March, World Kidney Day aims to promote kidney health and raise awareness of kidney disease. The website tells how to get involved.

News, research and regulations


The Nephron Information Center

A clearinghouse for kidney-related news and research. It links to news articles on clinical nephrology, Medicare and policy, funding, pharma and scientific research.

 

Northwest Renal Network

The agency that monitors quality of dialysis and transplant centers. Its website features practical resources and local news updates for patients in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

 

Renal and Urology News

Up-to-date information on the latest kidney-related news, research studies and developments in treatment methods.

 

Kidney Research Institute

Northwest Kidney Centers’ collaboration with UW Medicine, dedicated to researching better ways to prevent and treat kidney disease. Learn more about current research trials and ways to donate.

Tools


NDB.Nal.USDA.gov

On this government site, you can search for the nutrient values for most foods, including calories, fat, protein, sodium, potassium and phosphorus.

 

HealthFinder.gov

An interactive health guide and health information search engine created by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

 

Kidney Risk Quiz

Our quiz that helps you determine whether you or someone you know is at risk of developing kidney disease.