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The basics

Daily life with the coronavirus

Dr. Diego Parada Rodriguez
These practical rules and guidelines should support you in living your daily life in the midst of the pesky coronavirus.

Sodium & dialysis: the basics

Dr. Diego Parada Rodriguez
A low-salt diet is enormously important for kidney disease. It lowers blood pressure, ensures that blood pressure lowering medication works better and reduces your thirst.

Renal replacement therapy options

Dr. Diego Parada Rodriguez
There are different medical ways to compensate for malfunctioning kidneys. This article will explain to you the basic treatment therapy options for renal failure.

What exactly is the procedure for a transplant?

Dr. Diego Parada Rodriguez
Have you always wondered what exactly happens during a kidney transplant? Here you can find out more about post-mortem and living kidney donation.

Causes of chronic kidney disease

Dr. Diego Parada Rodriguez
Chronic kidney disease can have many different causes. This article summarizes the most common causes for you.

What are food additives and why are they sneaky?

Dr. Diego Parada Rodriguez
You've probably heard before that one should cut down on processed products, because some of them contain phosphate additives. This is particularly important for people on dialysis.

What exactly is an AV fistula?

Dr. Diego Parada Rodriguez
The AV fistula (=shunt) is the most common and also preferred vascular access for hemodialysis.

Kidney basics

Dr. Diego Parada Rodriguez
Have you ever wondered what exactly the kidneys are doing in a body? This article describes the complex tasks of the kidneys in a way that you should understand it, also if you are not a medical professional.

Practical tips for a low-salt diet

Sodium is responsible for regulating your blood pressure and water balance in the human body. Since these two often get out of hand with kidney disease, a low-salt diet is often recommended for dialysis patients. In this article, you will find practical tips on how you can easily manage this.

Calories & dialysis: the basics

Dr. Diego Parada Rodriguez
Have you ever wondered why many dialysis patients are told to eat a high amount of calories? Here's all the basic information on calories & dialysis.

Which foods contain how much phosphate?

Many dialysis patients are advised to eat a diet low in phosphates. But which foods actually contain how much phosphate?

This is how peritoneal dialysis (PD) works

Dr. Diego Parada Rodriguez
Peritoneal dialysis cleans your blood through the abdominal cavity. Unfortunately, many people are not aware of this procedure. Here you can find out how PD works.

7 tips for a dialysis-friendly diet

Nutrition and dialysis are not the best of friends, especially at first. Suddenly you have to pay attention to a lot of things, reduce some things and increase others in order to compensate. Here are a few simple tips to get you started on a dialysis-friendly diet!

12 nutrition tricks to get your phosphate under control

Do your nephrologist and dialysis team regularly preach to you that you should eat less phosphate? In this article, you'll find practical everyday tricks to help you do just that.

Is life without renal replacement therapy possible?

Dr. Diego Parada Rodriguez
Is it possible to manage kidney failure without dialysis or a transplant?

10 diet tricks to reduce your potassium

Many people with kidney disease are told by their doctor to reduce potassium in their diet, but in practice, everything edible contains potassium. Here are some practical, simple tips for living more potassium-conscious in your everyday life.

Tips for reducing the amount you drink

Dr. Diego Parada Rodriguez
Probably the most difficult challenge for many dialysis patients is reducing the amount they drink each day. This is not surprising, as many patients are often recommended to drink less than one litre of water per day. However, this is incredibly important for your health and there are a number of practical tips that can support you in your controlled drinking behaviour.

Phosphate & dialysis: the basics

Dr. Diego Parada Rodriguez
As a person on dialysis, you should restrict your phosphate intake to avoid secondary diseases. Have you always wondered what phosphate and dialysis are all about? Here you can learn more about it.

COVID-19 & dialysis: the basics

Dr. Diego Parada Rodriguez
What is SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 and how is it transmitted? Why am I part of an at-risk-group as person on dialysis?

How can I slow the progression of CKD?

Dr. Diego Parada Rodriguez
Are you not yet on dialysis, but have been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD)? In this case, it is very important that you read this article.

Potassium & dialysis: the basics

Dr. Diego Parada Rodriguez
If your blood potassium levels are too high, you should make sure that you do not take in too much potassium with your food. But what exactly is potassium and why is it so important for people on dialysis?

Which foods contain how much potassium?

Many dialysis patients are advised to eat a low-potassium diet. But what foods actually contain how much potassium? This article gives you an overview and a few basic rules about the most important food categories.

How do I recognize kidney disease?

Dr. Diego Parada Rodriguez
Have you ever wondered why GFR, your creatinine and urea levels, and protein and blood in your urine can be used to measure the progress of kidney disease?

This is how home hemodialysis works (HHD)

Dr. Diego Parada Rodriguez
Many people living with renal failure don't even know at first that hemodialysis is also possible at home. To avoid that you only find out after a few years of in-center dialysis treatment, here's some basic information on home hemodialysis.

Calcium & dialysis: the basics

Dr. Diego Parada Rodriguez
Calcium is one of the parameters that must be controlled during dialysis in order to avoid secondary diseases.

Secondary diseases of CKD

Dr. Diego Parada Rodriguez
Kidney disease can cause many complications. Please don't take this the wrong way, you should not get scared. But it is very important for you to know that you can control and avoid many things through your own lifestyle.

This is how hemodialysis (HD) works

Dr. Diego Parada Rodriguez
The majority of people with kidney failure clean their blood using haemodialysis (HD). Here you can find an overview of what exactly happens during an HD treatment.

Protein & dialysis: the basics

Dr. Diego Parada Rodriguez
Protein is the building material of our body. Since a part of the ingested protein is directly excreted again during dialysis, you should increase your protein intake as a dialysis patient. In this article you will find the most important infos on proteins when living with dialysis.

Transplantation - the basics

Dr. Diego Parada Rodriguez
The preferred treatment choice for many people with renal failure is transplantation. This article tells you about the basics of kidney transplantation.

Creatinine & urea - what exactly are your "kidney values"?

Dr. Diego Parada Rodriguez
Creatinine and urea are used as important measures of kidney function in people with kidney disease. They are breakdown products of your metabolism and they are excreted via the kidney.

Why do I have to weigh myself so often?

Dr. Diego Parada Rodriguez
If you are on dialysis, you have probably asked yourself why you have to weigh yourself so frequently. Here are the basics about it.

How much can I actually drink now?

Dr. Diego Parada Rodriguez
Reducing your drinking amount each day is probably the biggest challenge for many people on dialysis, especially in the beginning. Here you can find out why this is so important, which drinking amounts are recommended and what could help you to reduce your drinking amount.

6 useful foods for renal failure

Here you will find 6 practical foods that will help you in your daily nutrition during your time on dialysis. Ideally, they should become a permanent part of your kitchen activities.

Kidney disease - what is this exactly?

Dr. Diego Parada Rodriguez
The kidneys clean your blood and filter out the urine. But what happens when they can no longer do this? And what reasons can there be for this to happen?

Not all phosphate is the same -- but why?

Dr. Diego Parada Rodriguez
Did you know that there are differences in the type of phosphate? In this article, you'll learn why you need to be careful with phosphate in some foods, while you can turn a blind eye to others.

The 4 most common vascular access types for dialysis

Dr. Diego Parada Rodriguez
In order to dialyze, a connection between your body and the dialysis system is required. This article describes AV fistula, graft, central venous catheter and PD catheter in more detail.

New to dialysis? Here are some nutrition basics

Dr. Diego Parada Rodriguez
Your diet and drinking habits are incredibly important as a dialysis patient. They influence your well-being during dialysis and in your everyday life.

Which foods contain how much protein?

In order to be able to eat a protein-rich diet, you should have an idea of where protein can be found in your diet. This article gives you a first overview about it.