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KidneySteps: 5-step survival guide for people with diabetes, hypertension, or kidney issues Paperback – June 30, 2011
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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. The story discusses the kidney recipient's daughter making a courageous and positive contribution in real terms (and at personal risk) to save her mother's quality of life; and the book also tells the story revealing the mother's reluctance, overcome by her courage, to accept her daughter's gift of love, and to honor that gift daily with continuing positive healthy choices and to collaborate in writing this book as a way of paying her daughter's gift forward to help others.
What I most appreciated about the book was its positive, strength-based empowering approach, of providing survival steps, specific eating plan (Step 4) and exercises (Step 5, inspiringly demonstrated by the kidney donor, herself) emphasizing that while there is no cure for many kidney diseases, there is a lot one can proactively do to positively impact the healthful vitality of their kidneys.
I strongly recommend the book for anyone with kidney disease or with an increased risk for kidney disease because of diabetes or hypertension. It presents all the information we might want in a simple package. I also look forward to checking the companion website, KidneySteps.com, for updated information.