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There are over 90,000 people waiting for a life saving organ transplant. There are two approaches to solving the problem. One method is to increase organ donation and the other method is to prevent the diseases that lead to organ failure. There are three keys to prevention.
  • Diet
    Proper Nutrition and proper portion sizes are the first step in creating a healthy lifestyle. You can find the Food Pyramid here. Don't stand around in the supermarket wondering what will fill your caloric requirements, this tool will help you decide what to eat to meet your caloric needs. Need healthy recipes? The go to this site with the unfortunate name(Food Stamp Nutrition Connection). I like this site because they put the standard nutrition panel up for the recipes, you'll know how much sodium, fat, and protein is in the recipe.
  • Activity
    Action. Motion. Exercise. Whatever you call it, it can reduce your risk for certain diseases like (diabetes, hypertension). Walk to the store, walk to the pool, climb the stairs at work, jump on a bicycle, do whatever it takes to get your heart rate up for 30 minutes a day each day.
  • Screening
    1 in 9 people are walking around with kidney disease and don't even know it. Screening can find problems before the progress further. Check with your local National Kidney Foundation for the dates and locations of their KEEP screenings(stands for Kidney Early Evaluation Program).


Taking medication on time is essential to get the benefits of the medication. Get a weekly pill holder, they're cheap and they remind you to take them.


Here are some symptoms to look out for:
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Burning or Difficulty when Urinating
  • Frequent Urination at Night
  • Blood in your urine
  • Cola or tea colored urine
  • Swellig of the eyes, ankles, or feet
  • Lower back pain unrelated to physical activity

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