Managing And Overcoming – Kidney Disease Despite a Nationwide Pandemic – Ease of Home Treatments Interview
National Kidney Month helps to bring awareness to kidney disease along with the importance of early diagnosis and prevention to avert the onset and progression of the disease.
Kidney disease is more prevalent in the U.S. than you may think.
1 in 3 Americans are at risk of developing chronic kidney disease, or CKD, and approximately 90% of those with kidney disease don’t even know they have it. CKD’s common risk factors, such as genetic risk, diabetes, or being overweight, may lead to kidney disease.5 Staying at a normal weight and getting enough exercise is very important for these groups to help prevent diabetes and high blood pressure.6
It causes more deaths than breast cancer or prostate cancer and is also more common in African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asians, Pacific Islanders, and American Indians.2,3
CKD causes damage to your kidneys and decreases their ability to keep you healthy.7 If kidney disease gets worse, wastes can build to high levels in your blood.8
Most people do not have symptoms until CKD is advanced.
You may develop complications like high blood pressure, anemia (low blood count), weak bones, poor nutritional health, and nerve damage.9
Roshanda, a passionate patient advocate, is managing her kidney failure through solo home hemodialysis while balancing caring for her family. She is on the kidney transplant list and was recently featured in a documentary about the crucial need for kidney donors, where her journey with kidney failure and transplantation was highlighted.
Like Roshanda, patients living with kidney failure can manage their condition with dialysis – a treatment that mimics the work of functioning kidneys – in a center or at home. The pandemic underscores the advantages of being able to administer treatments from home, something too few people consider as an option although the interest in home dialysis is now accelerating.
The emotional toll of the pandemic when living with kidney failure has been especially difficult for several reasons, including an increased risk for severe complications from COVID-19.11
Beyond the pandemic,
home dialysis has many benefits, such as improved energy levels, greater scheduling flexibility for social activities and work, ability to travel, and increased dietary freedom.
Overall, early detection is critical to address CKD and to prevent kidney failure – screening can include a simple test to assess your kidney’s function or to measure for protein in your urine.
Join me in a recent interview with Roshanda
as she was able to to help educate our viewers about the importance of CKD awareness, especially early detection. Roshanda also provided a unique perspective on how she is able to thrive despite her disease and the pandemic and ultimately overcome the challenges she faces with kidney failure.
Roshanda was also able to discuss how improved technology and availability of home dialysis is helping CKD patients continue their lives at home with more ease during the pandemic.
See the entire interview here:
For more information, go to www.freseniuskidneycare.com
Roshanda Turner is a patient advocate who is passionate about educating others about kidney failure and home dialysis.
Since her diagnosis, Roshanda has trained on how to do her hemodialysis treatment at home and is now on the kidney transplant list. She has two children, 22-year-old and a 7-year-old, and lives in Massachusetts. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, feng shui and meditation.
*Interview courtesy: Fresenius Medical Care North America