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About the Author

Author Vicki L. Hulett, a lawyer, inherited a kidney disease that destroyed all kidney function. Vicki's daughter Jennifer L. Waybright, the other author and a nurse, donated a kidney to save Vicki's life. They wrote this book to alert others at risk for kidney disease that the disease often can be slowed or stopped, especially for people with diabetes and hypertension. KidneySteps includes 5 steps for better health and to prevent further kidney damage.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463600380
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463600389
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #559,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Diana Adams on August 17, 2011
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This book is a find! I've known I have an untreatable kidney disease for many years and have continuously worked to educate myself from numerous sources; each source emphasizing different proactive care for healthful kidney function. I followed all good medical advice from any credible source, but I often wondered whether my efforts were really helping, which effort was most important, and precisely how the efforts may have worked together to nurture my healthy kidney function.

This book pulls together everything that I've wondered. It discusses what the kidneys do, causes and diagnosis of kidney disease, dialysis, and transplantation. It provides current statistics, recent medical studies and patient interviews and is informed by a nephrologist whose name with which I was previously familiar, leading me to readily trust KidneySteps' information. The book begins with quizzes from which I learned previously overlooked facts important for my continued survival. KidneySteps answers many of my questions with succinct, easy-to-understand explanations about kidney function and about the interplay and consequences to kidneys when utilizing healthy nutrition and exercise. It exemplifies the specific harmful effects of poor nutritional choices, dehydration and a sedentary lifestyle. I was surprised to learn that millions of adults unknowingly have kidney disease, and that one's cardiovascular system is negatively impacted by lessened kidney function. I knew about the hypertension connection, but was unaware of the diabetes connection to kidney damage.

The authors' personal stories were touching.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alesha on August 18, 2011
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What a great book! Both my mother and grandmother have diabetes, and I am sure that I am on my way to adult onset diabetes as well. After purchasing this book, and reading through the chapters on diet and exercise, I feel like I may just have a fighting chance to avoid or lessen my risk of getting diabetes or more. I found the personal stories of the authors very touching, which made all of the statistics and other informative sections much more interesting to read. This book was easy to read and understand (without too much medical terminology) and I thoroughly enjoyed trying all of the recipes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Green Geronimo on October 28, 2012
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I was especially interested in the section on Alport's Syndrome since that is the type of kidney disease the author (and I) have. There was a lot of information on causes of kidney diseases and the benefits of exercise and diet to help delay the onset of ESRD (end stage renal disease). The section on transplants took you through the necessary procedures and explained about the hardship of dialysis while waiting for a deceased kidney donor. I would have liked more on the diet of those like myself who are very limited as to the amounts of potassium and phosphorus they can consume. Most of the "healthy" foods suggested are full of these elements which can prove deadly to someone whose kidneys are not filtering the excess from your system. I am now awaiting contact from the transplant team at a major transplant facility to see if one is feasible for me at my age. Overall, it is an intelligently written and very informative read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicole on August 3, 2011
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This book contains a great deal of useful information that is critical to know in the format of 5 key "steps" to be followed to take care of our bodies and our kidneys both before and after kidney failure. This book is useful not only for someone who is preparing for a kidney transplant but in general for anyone at risk for kidney failure (e.g., people with diabetes or hypetension). It helped me understand how to navigate the kidney transplant process, and gave me a perspective about how overall health is intregal to kidney health.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on August 28, 2014
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This is the best of the crop of Kidney disease books, comprehensive, detailed, non-ideological (so refreshing!) Highly recommended. Read this before you talk to your doctor, so you know what they/you are talking about and can understand your options. I have an advanced degree in bio and am a health coach - years of teaching people about kidneys - so if I wasn't bored, you won't be either. I skipped over the basics chapters but could see that they were clear and well-written.
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