Hey, Kidney Warriors!
I compiled a list of books for individuals diagnosed with Kidney Disease that may help throughout your journey no matter what stage you are in. Although at times it’s the last thing that you want to think about, it is very important to learn about this illness and how to care for yourself in the best way possible. It also helps to read stories of those who has been there before you. I am very happy that I found a couple of books for young people as well. If you want to purchase one (or a few), just click on the book cover.
Disclaimer: All descriptions are from their respective website page and are not my own. These books do not replace the medical advice and guidance of your Nephrologist. These books vary based on what stage of Kidney Disease you are in so please read the information and reviews before purchasing.
Kidney Disease Information
If you’ve been diagnosed with kidney failure, this book could save your life. If you suffer from diabetes, hypertension, obesity, or any of a host of conditions that put you at risk for kidney disease, you owe it to yourself to read what is in this book. If you are among the 60,000 North Americans who go on dialysis each year, the information in this book could substantially improve your quality of life.
People with the disease can lead full and productive lives, and Hunt’s readable and empathetic book will help them do just that. It discusses the latest scientific and medical findings of kidney disease, including what kidneys do; the underlying diseases that cause failure; diagnosis, treatment, and prevention; dietary factors; clinical trials; and the future direction of research on kidney failure.
If it feels like you have no say over your future, or you’ve been told there’s nothing you can do…Listen Up! You can do something and the time is now. As the CEO of your own body, you have the power to “right the ship” by becoming a contender in the biggest fight of your life – your best life! This book was written for those who want to shift their fate, end their wait and live their best life possible by securing a transplant from a living kidney donor.
This book is the basic platform for understanding all the common labs and terminology that your doctors and nurses will use. This book will give you and your caregivers the confidence to manage your condition knowing that you have an understanding of all the ins and outs of the nephrology jargon.
The book is divided into three parts. Part One provides an overview of the kidneys’ structure and function, as well as common kidney disorders. It also guides you in asking your doctor questions that will help you better understand both status and prognosis. Part Two examines kidney problems and their conventional treatments. Part Three provides an in-depth look at the most effective complementary treatments, from lifestyle changes to alternative healing methods.
Your kidneys are a vital part of filtering and regulating your body’s functions. Developing kidney failure means you have some decisions to make about your treatment. This book will explain what you need to know about kidney failure and how to be better prepared.
Smoothies for Kidney Health is a very special recipe book. It is expertly put together by a kidney donor, who is a registered nurse, and her mom, the recipient of her kidney. Together, they have taken their knowledge and experience to create a resource for all those suffering from chronic kidney disease (CKD). By explaining how kidney function is impacted by the foods we eat, they offer a simple way for patients to help slow down, stop, or possibly reverse the many effects of CKD―including heart disease, the number one killer of kidney patients.
This kidney cookbook removes the mystery and stress of figuring out what foods to eat, with targeted weekly meal plans to preserve your kidney health, recipe modifications for dialysis patients, and helpful FAQs about managing chronic kidney disease.
The Essential Kidney Disease Cookbook provides over 130 delicious kidney-friendly meals so you can continue to enjoy delicious meals with your loved ones, family and friends! Each of the recipes in this cookbook is made with easy to find fresh ingredients, are simple to prepare, and include accurate nutritional information to ensure you can make the right food choices, dependent on your situation!
Learn which foods are absolutely vital to helping reduce protein in your urine, lower elevated potassium, blood pressure, and phosphorus levels, and which foods are key to re-establishing healthy kidney function so you can get back to living life and doing the things you love without becoming fatigued or falling ill every day.
The Kidney Diet Cookbook For Two provides 68 delicious, perfectly portioned recipes for the two of you to continue cooking and enjoying meals together. All of the recipes in this book are designed to be flavorsome, healthy and balanced. Each of the recipes in this cookbook also includes a complete nutritional breakdown, in order to allow you to calculate your daily intake and ensure you are sticking to the guidelines given to you by your doctor.
Travel with us on a culinary journey through kidney-friendly recipes from around the world. Every recipe comes with a colorful photo and nutritional guidelines specific for renal diets. This book is also different as we do not use common high potassium ingredients such as tomatoes. Global flavors excite these easy-to-make international recipes… so DIVE IN!
In this guide you’ll learn everything you need to know about being a healthy vegetarian while improving your kidney disease:
The lists of foods you should be eating to improve your kidney function; plus, the ones you ABSOLUTELY MUST avoid which have been shown to worsen renal disease drastically. Each day’s meal plan will have a calculation for protein, phosphorus, potassium and more to ensure you keep your mineral levels where they should be.
Packed with clear up to date information on the most effective methods for managing kidney disease. This valuable book has a great deal of specific information to assist readers in implementing or continuing a plant-based diet that can improve the health of their kidneys. Contains detailed meal plans and recipes.
This cookbook focuses on those with dialysis kidney disease and provides nutritional information for every recipe. If your medical professional has you restricting fluid intakes, phosphorus, sodium, and potassium then this cookbook will allow you to properly select the recipes that apply more closely to your restrictions.
Dr. Offer dispels many misconceptions surrounding this treatment, explaining how you can adapt to the new diet, travel, work and continue to partake in life’s joys and celebrations. But the fears and hardships can be quite real, and Dr. Offer brings his years as a psychiatrist to bear as he provides practical advice on how patients can overcome them. Walking through each step of dialysis, he explains different types of treatment, examines the pros and cons of a transplant, and discusses side effects.
This book not only provides answers to common questions about the process but also offers practical advice and strategies, as well as complementary options that
can help you deal successfully with the many aspects of your treatment plan.
Whether you are a newly diagnosed patient with chronic kidney disease or have a friend or relative undergoing kidney dialysis, this book offers help. 100 Questions & Answers About Kidney Dialysis gives authoritative, practical answers to your questions about kidney dialysis, including preparation, nutrition, complications, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
A life-long kidney patient educator and an internationally known nephrologist explain how dialysis works; each of the ways to do it; and how your treatment choice may affect your diet, energy level, work, travel, sexuality and fertility, sleep, and survival.
Create your Home Center for Dialysis * Design a space that is comfortable, easy to use * Manage the storage of necessary medical supplies * Use the Interior Designers’ tricks of the trade * Save money through sure-fire choices * Learn where professional decorators shop for less * Support the caregiver & prevent burnout * Reclaim as much of your “normal” life as you can! (Note: this book applies to both hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis.)
With a perspective written from both sides of the scalpel, Dr. Wedel once cared for kidney transplant patients and then took his turn on the receiving end of a kidney transplant. In the process of making the transition from physician to patient, Dr. Wedel experienced firsthand the difficulty of assembling all the information required to put into place a comprehensive game plan.
This book’s aim is to provide you with education and knowledge on the common events, complications, precautions,etc after a kidney transplant. The ultimate goal is to help you succeed after a kidney transplant.
In 2006 I volunteered to save a life. My brother in law (sister’s husband) went into kidney failure and was told he needed a kidney transplant within the year. I immediately volunteered to get tested, only to be shocked that I was a match. For the next 9 months, we went through a series of ups and downs and tests until on July 11, 2007, I donated my kidney to David.
Finding out she might have Chronic Kidney Disease sends the author reeling, asking herself “What is it and how did I get it?” In fact, those were the first questions she blurted out to her new family doctor. Keeping these two hard-working organs healthy – since they filter as many as 200 quarts of blood per day – becomes a top priority.
Having trouble emotionally with the acceptance of a chronic kidney disease? Do you wonder if anyone cares about what you are going through? They do! You just have to put your mind in a positive place so that you can deal with the physical and emotional challenges that come with kidney disease.
This is a true story about Diane Duncan and her 35 year battle with Kidney Disease. During that time Diane had two kidney transplants and was on dialysis three separate times. The book is intended to be a “Handbook of Hope” as it discusses some of the decisions that must be made as an individual and their families deal with this disease. The book shares our Christian story of faith, hope, and love which enabled Diane and me to create a “Life Worth Living”.
Donald Jones’ biggest challenge was dealing with IgA nephropathy, a kidney disorder that he was diagnosed with during his sophomore year of high school– a condition he fought every day of his career which eventually forced him to retire.
Struggling with an active lifestyle and dealing with kidney disease or another chronic disease? Why not get started with simple exercise activities to improve your health and your metabolism? As with any chronic illness, it is important to use physical activity to help manage your condition. Kidney disease or kidney disease diabetes is no different, your blood pressure, your heart health, and your overall health can assist your body function with chronic kidney disease.
For the Kids
Hattie’s Journey is a story of a little girl who loved school, cheerleading and all things fun. But one day, things took a turn for the worst. Hattie became very ill and her life begins to change. Did Hattie make it through this hard time in her life? This story will provide a child’s view of a personal struggle with kidney failure while having support, love, and encouragement from her family.
Jonah is a typical boy, he likes his friends, he likes video games, but he certainly does not like taking his new medicine. His dad is constantly nagging him to take tablets, which is really ruining his fun. He has a new kidney now so why bother? Luckily the Medikidz are on hand to help. They take Jonah on a trip to Mediland where they show him how the new kidney works.
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