The Sad Correlation Between Kidney Disease and Depression

In my last post, I talked a lot about forums on DaVita’s website. I wanted to narrow things down a bit and talk about the striking and sad correlation between depression and chronic disease, in this specific case, CKD. I mentioned that there were different sub categories of the forum. Many of these are logistical and…

Research: The Perspective of College Students

I carried out another research project, this time with my fellow students here at the University of Denver. I figured that, considering I didn’t know anything before starting this blog, many more people my age probably don’t know much either. This is significant because if people don’t understand kidney ailments, specifically chronic kidney disease and its…

Research: Insight Into the Struggle of Kidney Problems

In one of my previous posts I talked about how I was going to be conducting some research. I was a little skeptical on what exactly I wanted to do, but I finally decided on a project, and I actually carried it out just recently. In terms of process, I originally wanted to interview renal disease…

What is Dialysis?

I’ve mentioned dialysis a few times, and I described what it was in some of my earlier blog posts, but I wanted to go into a bit more detail about its specifics. Generally, kidney dialysis replaces many of the kidney’s important functions. It is a life-support treatment that uses a special machine to filter harmful…

Acceptance of Chronic Disease

Chronic disease is hard to handle. It’s never ending, has treatments but no cure, and affects the people around you too. Like any bad news, it has stages to how people react to it. These stages are according to The Kidney Patient Guide:    Shock: Often, newly diagnosed patients (and sometimes their family members) go into…

Beware of Misinformation: The Great Egg Debacle

There’s a lot of information out there. It makes sense; we’re in the digital age with it all at our fingertips. Within seconds I can go from researching quantum mechanics to looking at cute pictures of puppies, and while that’s really cool, it’s also made us into data-processing machines. We look at online articles or Facebook…

Taking Care of a Patient with CKD

I wanted to get a non-patient perspective on the renal diet, so I asked my stepmom, Cynde, about what it’s like to cater towards the restrictive nutrition: How difficult is it to follow the renal diet? “It is not that difficult to stay within those nutritional guidelines. It is, however, time-consuming because you must read…

My Own Research

I’ve been doing a lot of studying on my own in terms of nutrition and kidney disease, but in the coming weeks, I plan on conducting my own research. My main concern was whether to do quantitative or qualitative research (an experiment with or without numbers, essentially) but I’ve realized that I don’t know what exactly I…

The Hardest Parts of a Renal Diet

I reference my dad a lot when I write these posts, but you’ve never really gotten to hear his story, so today, I wanted to share my dad’s perspective on his life on a renal diet: What was the hardest thing about changing your diet? “The hardest thing about changing my diet is salt and…

Looking at Another Blog

While doing research, I’ve been looking at other blogs for reference. I found it difficult to find one that was more specific than a basic nutrition blog, but after some digging, I came across Renal Diet HQ. It’s full of great, accurate information about CKD and the renal diet and it’s presented in a format that’s…

My Dad’s Resources

In my last post, I wrote about all the contradicting research and presentation of that research going on in the world, specifically the U.S. I promised that I’d share the papers that my dad got from his doctor, so here they are: My dad and I apologize for the poor quality of the images (he’s not the…

The Known and Unknown About Kidney Nutrition

Since I’m going to be conducting my own research in the coming weeks, I’ve decided to do some research on the available resources out there in terms of kidney-positive nutrition. Kidney problems are widespread, with CKD affecting 1 in 10 Americans to some degree, so there are of course many sources. What concerns me aren’t so much the…