Taking Care of Alaska's Kidneys

The AKPA is raising money this holiday season to help dialysis patients have more good protein in their lives. Without getting to technical - DIALYSIS SUCKS THE PROTEIN RIGHT OUT OF A PERSON. If that protein is not replaced (protein rich kidney friendly foods and/or protein supplements), think of your most lethargic day and you might come close to how a dialysis patients feels who has low albumin. There is no fuel in the tank for energy, to heal, to participate in life....
A dialysis diet is restrictive and challenging. The last few years the AKPA has: created food cupboards with renal dietitian approved dialysis friendly foods for patients (not usually found at food banks) and also given away hundreds of crockpots so dialysis patients can slow cook less expensive cuts of meat and still get good protein. Our Goal is for dialysis patients to have great labs, feel awesome, and have super healing powers if they get ill. 

Eating a ‘dialysis diet’ is not only restrictive, it can be challenging for dialysis patients with limited resources. Dialysis patients need to consume more high protein foods than normal should not eat salt, bananas, bacon, ham, sausage, hot dogs, lunch meats, canned meats, spam, bologna, potatoes.... that is just the tip of the 'foodberg'. 

 

 

Kidney disease impacts the lives of thousands of Alaskans. In the last ten years, the number of Alaskans with End Stage Renal Failure, (no kidney function means the only treatment is dialysis or transplantation) has more than doubled!!

While a diagnosis of chronic kidney disease can be overwhelming, the Alaska Kidney Patients are here to help you sort through your options, answer your questions, and provide you with the resources and information you need to keep living your best life. Whether you are a newly diagnosed kidney patient, a long-time patient, a friend or family member of a patient, the AKPA is here to assist you.

According to the CDC, almost 30 million Americans – more than 1 in 7 adults - may have chronic kidney disease, and most don’t know it. They reported that approximately 1 in 3 adults with diabetes and 1 in 5 adults with high blood pressure may have chronic kidney disease. Early detection and treatment, including lifestyle changes, may SLOW or PREVENT the progression to kidney failure.

Stories of Hope

With over 150 Alaskans waiting for a kidney transplant,

we would like to celebrate Alaskan Living Kidney Donors.

You have it in you to save a life.

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Since 1999, the Alaska Kidney Patients have provided the kidney patients of Alaska with support, education, and advocacy through the annual patient education symposiums, quarterly newsletters, and support groups.

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