Kidney Disease: A Guide for Living

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Walter A. Hunt knows all too well what it means to live with kidney disease. Here, he shares his experience and knowledge to help people with kidney disease overcome the challenges of diagnosis and treatment.

When Hunt learned he had kidney disease, he was overwhelmed by the prospect of facing kidney failure. He had so many questions: Why are my kidneys failing? Is there anything I can do to save them? How will I know when my kidneys have ...

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Overview

Walter A. Hunt knows all too well what it means to live with kidney disease. Here, he shares his experience and knowledge to help people with kidney disease overcome the challenges of diagnosis and treatment.

When Hunt learned he had kidney disease, he was overwhelmed by the prospect of facing kidney failure. He had so many questions: Why are my kidneys failing? Is there anything I can do to save them? How will I know when my kidneys have failed? What will it feel like? Is there a cure for kidney failure?

The good news, as Hunt found out, is that kidney failure is highly treatable. People with the disease can lead full and productive lives, and this book will help them do just that. In an accessible and compassionate narrative, Hunt discusses the latest scientific and medical issues related to 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.

People with kidney failure face a difficult disease. Hunt's personal insights will help them take control of their lives. By understanding kidney failure — what causes it, how it may affect their lives, and what treatment options they have — people can take an active role in their disease, improving their quality of life and achieving the best outcome.

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Tranplantation - Olwyn Johnson

This book has filled a gap that exists int he lierature addressing many relevant aspects of life with chronic kidney disease and renal failure from a patient's perspective... This book should be widely available as a reference to chronic kidney disease patients and their families and by all those involved in chronic kidney disease care.

Journal of Transplantation - Olwyn Johnston

This book has filled a gap that exists in the literature addressing many relevant aspects of life with chronic kidney disease and renal failure from a patient's perspective. This book should be widely available as a reference to chronic kidney disease patients and their families and by all those involved in kidney disease care.

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People with the disease can lead full and productive lives, and Hunt's readable and empathetic book will help them do just that.

Journal of Tranplantation
This book has filled a gap that exists int he lierature addressing many relevant aspects of life with chronic kidney disease and renal failure from a patient's perspective... This book should be widely available as a reference to chronic kidney disease patients and their families and by all those involved in chronic kidney disease care.

— Olwyn Johnson

Journal of Transplantation
This book has filled a gap that exists in the literature addressing many relevant aspects of life with chronic kidney disease and renal failure from a patient's perspective. This book should be widely available as a reference to chronic kidney disease patients and their families and by all those involved in kidney disease care.

— Olwyn Johnston

Nursing Times

As a medical researcher, the author has the unique ability to present the key relevant information in lay patient language. This book is easy to read for most kidney patients. It is clear that the author has had first-hand experience of renal disease (polycystic kidney disease) and subsequent care – having experienced renal dialysis and successful transplantation.

Library Journal
Medical researcher Hunt developed kidney failure in 1997 and underwent dialysis for seven years before receiving a transplant. His goal here is to provide a practical guide to the causes of kidney failure, treatment options, and ways of coping with the physical and emotional challenges of the condition. He emphasizes that information creates choices and leads to a greater sense of control. Descriptions of kidney function in health and disease are fairly complex; the four major causes of kidney failure (diabetes, hypertension, glomerular diseases, and polycystic disease) are outlined. Hunt notes tactics to slow kidney disease, including diet, blood pressure control, and weight loss. Hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis are given in-depth descriptions and diagrams, with the benefits and drawbacks of each. The book also details the transplantation experience, from selection through recovery. VERDICT Hunt's personal experience shows through. The paucity of consumer health information on kidney disease and treatment makes this essential for consumer health collections, despite its high reading level.—Janet M. Schneider, James A. Haley Veterans Hosp., Tampa
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801899638
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 5/19/2011
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,022,212
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Walter A. Hunt holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Bethany College and a doctorate in neuropharmacology from West Virginia University. As a medical researcher for thirty years, he examined the biological basis of diseases, never considering that one day he would have to deal with a serious disease of his own. Having polycystic kidney disease (PKD), the fourth leading cause of kidney failure, he suffered seven and a half years of dialysis and two dozen stays in the hospital before receiving a transplant. Now free of kidney problems, Dr. Hunt serves on the Board of Trustees of the PKD Foundation and travels the world.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Ronald D. Perrone vii

Preface xi

Chapter 1 Understanding Kidney Failure 1

Chapter 2 What Kidneys Do 16

Chapter 3 Why Kidneys Fail 24

Chapter 4 Diagnosing and Managing Kidney Disease 49

Chapter 5 Preventing and Postponing Kidney Failure 65

Chapter 6 Dialysis 80

Chapter 7 Transplantation 118

Chapter 8 Future Treatment Options 149

Epilogue 159

Notes 161

Glossary 163

Resources 171

Index 179

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  • Posted December 27, 2011

    Highly Recommended Easy to Follow Handbook Advising how to Thrive with Kidney Disease. Written from Walter Hunt's Personal Experience

    I just finished reading the book, "Kidney Disease; A Guide for Living" and found it a compelling and insightful read.

    Written for the lay person, "Kidney Disease; A Guide for Living" offers sound advice to those living with, caring for or treating those with kidney disease, turning around one's thoughts to a positive attitude, the incomparable value of exercise, and much more.

    Walter Hunt¿s book is easy to read, combing a blend of common wisdom, conventional medical facts, cutting edge research and his own personal experience.

    I recommend it as an easy to follow; step-by-step handbook for anyone serious about taking responsibility for their own or a loved one¿s health.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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