BK Virus

What is BK Virus? BK virus is an infection almost everyone gets during childhood. The symptoms are like a mild cold, so most people don't notice when they catch it. After infection, the virus hides in your body for the rest of your life. This is known as a “persistent” infection. During this time, the virus is 'asleep' and does not cause any problems. Read more

The Renogram

A renogram is a nuclear medicine test of the kidneys. It can be used to see how well each kidney is working and whether urine passes on into the bladder without obstruction. Read more

Information about kidneys

What and where are the kidneys? What do the kidneys do? How do the kidneys work ? How can I look after my kidneys ? Read more

What are statins?

Statins are a group of medicines that lower blood cholesterol levels. They work in the liver to reduce the synthesis of blood cholesterols. There are at least five different statin medicines available in the UK. Their drug names always end in -statin. The recommended first choice of statin for most people is atorvastatin. Read more

Why is kidney disease a risk to your feet?

Kidney disease is a lifelong condition which may cause foot problems. Some of these problems can occur because the nerves and blood vessels, including those supplying your legs and feet, are damaged. Read more

Protecting your feet during dialysis

Why is kidney disease a risk to your feet? Kidney disease is a lifelong condition which can cause life-and limb-threatening problems. Some of these problems can occur because the nerves and blood vessels are damaged. Read more

What are SGLT-2 Inhibitors?

SGLT-2 inhibitors, also known as ‘flozins’, are tablets that were originally developed as a treatment for diabetes, but have now been found to also help your heart and your kidneys. Read more

Stage 3 Chronic Kidney Disease

Don’t panic! We explain what CKD Stage 3 means for you and how you can keep your kidneys healthy. Read more

Carer's Information ; Helping your loved one manage their renal condition

Families and friends sometimes help or support someone they know who is ill, disabled or who has become frail e.g. a family member, a close friend or neighbour. Read more

Helpline Information & Leaflets

The NKF Helpline is the UK’s largest provider of kidney-related medical information leaflets with a library of over 200 titles written by nephrologists in simple language for patients and carers. Read more

Resilience Beyond Challenges: Confronting Depression while Managing Kidney Disease

Managing kidney disease can be an overwhelming path to tread. It's a journey filled with ups and downs, triumphs and tribulations. Emotions that sometimes seem too heavy to bear. At times, the weight of this burden can lead to another struggle - the battle with depression. Read more

Healthy eating for people with chronic kidney disease (CKD)

Chronic Kidney disease is a long – term condition where the kidneys do not work well. It does not usually cause symptoms until later stages. CKD is normally found at earlier stages by blood and urine tests. Your GP can tell you what stage of kidney disease you have. Read more

A guide to life insurance and high cholesterol 2023

Having high cholesterol can affect your life insurance application and how much your premiums cost, but not in every case. It’s still possible to get affordable cover by doing some research and shopping around for the cheapest prices Read more

Calciphylaxis Information

Calciphylaxis is a serious condition that can occur in people chronic with kidney disease; it is most commonly seen in people receiving dialysis but remains very rare with approximately one case diagnosed in every 600 people, having dialysis, per year. It can sometimes occur in people that do not have kidney disease Read more

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Fluid Balance on Dialysis

What Fluid balance is about drinking the right amount every day. Half of your body is made of water and most of what you drink (tea, fruit juice, beer) is water. Read more

Conservative Management in Kidney Disease

You have the right to decide not to start dialysis if you feel that the burden of the treatment would outweigh the benefits, and so reduce your quality of life. Read more

My First Haemodialysis

What is haemodialysis? Haemodialysis is not a cure but takes over some of the jobs the kidneys do. You may also need to take medications and change your diet in order to stay as healthy as possible. Read more