Living with chronic kidney disease (CKD)
When is dialysis needed?
Worldwide, more than 3,200,000 patients undergo dialysis because of chronic kidney failure.
The stage of ‘kidney failure’ is reached when both kidneys stop, or have almost stopped, doing their normal work (with less than 15% of the kidney's normal functions remaining).
If kidney disease progresses to this stage, waste products from normal body functions and excess fluid (for example, from drinking) accumulate in the body. As a consequence, toxins and water must be removed from the body with a blood purification procedure. This procedure is called dialysis.
Chronic kidney failure is treatable. There are three basic types of treatments available, depending on physical constitution and any underlying diseases: Transplantation, hemodialysis, and peritoneal dialysis.
Enjoy life despite the illness
Although receiving a diagnosis of chronic kidney disease (CKD) might at first be a shock, it also marks the beginning of a new chapter of life.
Aside from the changes in your life related to kidney disease and treatment, life will go on! Many people have learned how to live their lives around dialysis treatments. There are many resources, both professional and patient sponsored, that can give you information and assistance in dealing with most of the issues that concern you.
You can return to work or continue education while on dialysis. If you dialyze in a hemodialysis center, you will be given a treatment schedule that accommodates your work or education schedule. Another alternative is home haemodialysis, or peritoneal dialysiswhich allows greater flexibility and a freer schedule.
Nutrition and exercise
There is no reason not to enjoy a meal out. Your dietician can help you make good choices from restaurant menus. You can return to many of the activities that you have enjoyed in the past. Getting enough exercise and keeping fit is important for everyone, including people with kidney disease. While your illness may be a daily challenge, if you want to keep control, then three things are essential:
- Keep a systematic check on your diet
- Keep physically active every day
- Work with your doctor and your patient care team – they are there to help and support you
We understand that you desire to connect to the world – be it discovering new places and destinations, reuniting with family, pursuing an overseas business opportunity or immersing yourself in a different culture – and your condition should not stop you from doing so.
The world’s largest dialysis network is here to support you in fulfilling your travel goal. You are free to travel to destinations across various continents while enjoying high-quality, reliable dialysis care by our professional clinical teams.