Coping with Kidney Disease: A 12-Step Treatment Program to Help You Avoid Dialysis

Coping with Kidney Disease: A 12-Step Treatment Program to Help You Avoid Dialysis

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Overview

Coping with Kidney Disease: A 12-Step Treatment Program to Help You Avoid Dialysis by Mackenzie Walser, Betsy Thorpe

A revolutionary program that can indefinitely postpone the need fordialysis

If you've been diagnosed with kidney failure, this book could saveyour life. If you suffer from diabetes, hypertension, obesity, orany of a host of conditions that put you at risk for kidneydisease, you owe it to yourself to read what is in this book. Ifyou are among the 60,000 North Americans who go on dialysis eachyear, the information in this book could substantially improve yourquality of life.

In Coping with Kidney Disease, a leading expert tells you, in plainEnglish, what you need to know to:
* Understand kidney failure
* Recognize early warning signs of kidney failure
* Get a proper diagnosis
* Talk with your doctors about it
* Confidently evaluate treatment options
* Take charge of your treatment
* Delay dialysis or even avoid the need for it altogether


The centerpiece of Coping with Kidney Disease is Dr. Walser'srevolutionary 12-step program for avoiding dialysis. Based ontreatments he has pioneered with his own patients at the JohnsHopkins University School of Medicine, the program calls for asupplemented low-protein diet supported by treatments to controlblood pressure and correct high cholesterol. So effective has thisbreakthrough strategy proven to be that in many patients itactually worked to slow or arrest the progression of kidney failureto the end stage.

Knowledge is power. Coping with Kidney Disease empowers you withwhat you need to take charge of kidney disease.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780471274230
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 02/06/2004
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 127,361
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Mackenzie Walser, M.D., is Professor of Pharmacology and Professorof Medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
Betsy Thorpe is the coauthor of Carol Guber’s Type 2 DiabetesLife Plan.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

Terms, Measures, and Abbreviations.

PART I: LOOKING AT THE DISEASE OF KIDNEY FAILURE.

1. What Do Kidneys Do and What Happens When They Fail?

2. Are You at Risk for Kidney Failure?

3. Symptoms of Kidney Failure.

PART II: HOW TO TREAT KIDNEY FAILURE.

4. Treating Kidney Failure.

5. STEP 1: Assess Your Current Treatment Plan.

6. STEP 2: Make Lifestyle Changes.

7. STEP 3: Follow a Low-Protein Diet.

8. STEP 4: Treat Salt and Water Problems.

9. STEP 5: Regulate Your Blood Pressure.

10. STEP 6: Treat Acidosis.

11. STEP 7: Treat Anemia and Iron Deficiency.

12. STEP 8: Treat Potassium Problems.

13. STEP 9: Treat Calcium and Phosphate Problems.

14. STEP 10: Treat Gout and Uric Acid Problems.

15. STEP 11: Treat Your High Cholesterol.

16. STEP 12: Know the Medications That Slow the Progression ofRenal Failure.

PART III: TRACKING KIDNEY FAILURE, DIALYSIS, TRANSPLANTS, ANDMORE.

17. Keeping Close Watch on Your Kidney Failure.

18. Dietary Treatment of the Nephrotic Syndrome.

19. Safe and Unsafe Medications for Patients with KidneyFailure.

20. Transplantation as an Alternative to Dialysis.

21. When to Opt for Dialysis.

22. Patients Who Have Avoided Dialysis.

Appendix 1: Resources for Kidney Patients.

Appendix 2: Government Support of Low-Protein Diets.

Notes.

Glossary.

Index.

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