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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

Mackenzie Walser , Betsy Thorpe

ISBN: 978-0-471-27423-0

Apr 2004

240 pages

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A revolutionary program that can indefinitely postpone the need for dialysis

If you've been diagnosed with kidney failure, this book could save your life. If you suffer from diabetes, hypertension, obesity, or any of a host of conditions that put you at risk for kidney disease, you owe it to yourself to read what is in this book. If you are among the 60,000 North Americans who go on dialysis each year, the information in this book could substantially improve your quality of life.

In Coping with Kidney Disease, a leading expert tells you, in plain English, 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's revolutionary 12-step program for avoiding dialysis. Based on treatments he has pioneered with his own patients at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the program calls for a supplemented low-protein diet supported by treatments to control blood pressure and correct high cholesterol. So effective has this breakthrough strategy proven to be that in many patients it actually worked to slow or arrest the progression of kidney failure to the end stage.

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


Terms, Measures, and Abbreviations.


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

2. Are You at Risk for Kidney Failure?

3. Symptoms of 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 of Renal Failure.


17. Keeping Close Watch on Your Kidney Failure.

18. Dietary Treatment of the Nephrotic Syndrome.

19. Safe and Unsafe Medications for Patients with Kidney Failure.

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.




Drawing on his work treating hundreds of adult kidney disease patients at his institution's Clinical Research Center, Walser (pharmacology & medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine) aims to assist readers in understanding kidney failure, a condition that can be caused by diabetes, hypertension, and obesity. Many of his points--e.g., how to recognize the early warning signs, get a correct diagnosis, and evaluate treatment options-are illustrated by the stories of real patients. Walser also presents a low protein diet as the center of his J 2-step treatment to help kidney disease patients avoid dialysis. Despite the use of patient stories and sample menus for the low protein diet, this book will not suit consumers owing to the prevalent medical jargon. The National Kidney Foundation offers more accessible and useful information on its web site, Not recommended.  —Marge Kars Bronson. Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI (Library Journal , May 1, 2004)