Fall Flavors for Kidney Health

Welcome to fall! Vibrant leaves, the weather getting a hint cooler, and children getting deep into school projects are not the only things that indicate that autumn is here. The foods and spices we use on those foods become spicier and richer. Chili sounds much better in cooler weather, and of course, pumpkin spice has covered every foodstuff and scented …

It’s Vitamin D Season!

Vitamin D is arguably the easiest vitamin to take. Your body produces Vitamin D by itself, with a little help from the sun’s ultraviolet B (UVB) rays.

8 Easy Ways to Get More Active

It seems like every new gadget, app or service is designed to save us time by saving us labor. But all that convenience means we’re a lot less physically active. Most of us sit a lot more than our bodies were intended to, and all that sitting shuts our body down. We end up with slow circulation, sluggish metabolism, tight …

5 Delicious Smoothies for People with Kidney Disease

Mmmmmmm, smoothies. The perfect breakfast or snack. But a lot of them contain too much potassium and phosphorus for folks with kidney issues need to avoid. To stay healthy, you need to know which ingredients to look for – and which to avoid. How healthy are smoothies anyway? Fresh fruits and vegetables include dietary fiber, and you can get a significant part …

Phosphorous: You Are What You Eat

By Dr. Neil Weiner South Florida Nephrology, Hollywood, FL. Patients with chronic kidney disease are often taking several medications and have associated medical issues that require close attention. Some of the more common of these are: High blood pressure Diabetes High cholesterol Obesity Heart disease While medications are a cornerstone of effective short and long-term therapy, dietary modification of vitamins …

Vitamin B: Not a DIVINe Therapy for Diabetic Nephropathy

A Long Look on Diabetes The rapidly increasing incidence of diabetes demands the need for better treatment and management options of its long-term consequences. One major results of diabetes is the development of chronic kidney disease known as diabetic nephropathy. The presence of diabetic nephropathy leads to many effects on the body: Leg Swelling Loss of Appetite Nausea and Vomiting Leg and …

Discovery of Gene Linked to Congenital Heart Disease

Congenital Heart Disease and Kidney Failure CHD, or congenital heart disease, is the number one birth defect in the United States and around the globe and the number one cause of infant mortality in the United States. 50% of all children and adults with complex CHD have developmental disabilities and neurological complications. In addition, observational studies show that many people that suffer from chronic …

Race, Ethnicity and Kidney Disease

With the 2010 enactment of the Affordable Care Act, the American Kidney Fund 2014 policy priorities for 2014 target universal healthcare access for individuals with kidney disease coincide with full effect of the new Act this year. At present, chronic kidney disease affects nearly 31 million Americans. The risk to millions more is basis to advocacy and policy to provide adequate testing and early treatment intervention. The Affordable …

If I Have Kidney Disease, Do I Even Need a Multivitamin?

By: John Wigneswaran MD Taking a daily multivitamin seems to be a well-established practice for most people. Everyone seems to have a favorite variety, and most Americans feel that this is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. What is usually ignored is that if you are a healthy person and eating a balanced diet, you actually may not need an …

Take Fish Oil Over Krill Oil

By:  John Wigneswaran MD Many supplements promote the use of Krill Oil as an acceptable substitute for Fish Oil (Omega-3 fatty acids). In such instances these supplements often boast about the smaller pill size of Krill Oil. But two questions: Is it really just as good for your health? Can you substitute this for fish oil?  Fish Oil facts Fish …