Kayla Holmes

Kidney Korner: The Stages of Chronic Kidney Disease

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is the gradual decline of kidney function over time. Once we hit our 40s, our kidney function naturally begins to decline, even without us having done something to cause it. This decline can be accelerated by other chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and heart conditions. It is important to understand how CKD is assessed, what the different stages are, and what they mean. ​How it is MeasuredThere are two important …

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Acute Kidney Injury v. Chronic Kidney Disease: What’s the Difference?

Kidney problems can be complex, developing suddenly or over a long period of time. The difference lies in the cause and treatment of the acute and chronic kidney problems.  The Difference AKI: Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) is the sudden, severe onset of kidney failure. This is generally caused by or related to a drug, urinary obstructions, dehydration, illnesses, and/or massive blood loss. It is likely that, after treatment, your kidney function will return to your …

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The Kidney Walk: Raising Awareness for Kidney Diseases

Each year we set out as The Dream Team to walk a 5k with the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) to raise awareness for kidney diseases. As a team, we raise funds to help the NKF provide assistance to those needing treatments and resources. Read more about the kidneys and our fundraising efforts below! Kidney Facts: Kidney disease is known as the silent killer. It is so important for us to help raise awareness to empower …

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Getting Healthy for Your Kidneys

Did you know that, in some cases, kidney disease is preventable? While genetics can play a part, overall general health is one of the biggest factors in the risk for kidney disease. Let’s explore four ways you can get healthy for your kidneys! Additionally, maintaining a healthy weight reduces unnecessary strain on your body as well as reduces the risk of developing chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and even some cancers. …

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Kidney Korner: The Transplant Process

Did you know that dialysis isn’t the only option once you need to consider renal replacement therapy? Transplantation is also an option! Let’s break down what a transplant is, who qualifies, and how the process works.  What is a kidney transplant? A kidney transplant is when a healthy kidney from a living or deceased donor is placed in the abdomen alongside the failing kidneys. A kidney transplant does not cure kidney disease, but it may …

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World Kidney Day!

Happy World Kidney Day! We are so excited to help empower our community with information about the kidneys. We want to take today to bring you back to the basics and teach you about all the wonderful things the kidneys do within the body. We’ll share the basics, some fun facts, frequently asked questions, and how our team gets involved with empowering others.  The Basics: Located in the back, just below the ribcage, the kidneys …

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The 5 W’s (and How) of Blood Pressure

What: Blood pressure measures the pressure of the circulating blood against the walls of the blood vessels. This is the measurement of the amount of force the body is using to get the blood through the arteries. Who: Patients with hyper- or hypotension should take their blood pressure daily to monitor for any trends and changes. Patients with other heart or endocrine conditions should check their blood pressure regularly as well.  When: Take your blood …

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Leap Year: Make the Most of Your Extra Day

Once every four years, we experience what we call a “leap year.” This is a year when an extra day is added to the month of February to account for the technicalities of rounding time when counting the days of the year. While we’ll leave the science of time to the pros, we’ll take you through some traditions and superstitions that have come about due to this special day as well as some ideas on …

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