Kidney Transplant: Life-Changing Care for Chronic Disease

Your kidneys are extraordinary organs. Each is no bigger than a clenched fist, but they purify your body’s entire 1.5-gallon blood supply multiple times a day, straining it through hundreds of thousands of tiny natural filters to extract waste via the urine they manufacture. Your kidneys also regulate your blood pressure, make hormones, and keep … Read More

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Kidney Breakthroughs: A Visual History (Infographic)

Explore the breakthroughs that have shaped our knowledge of kidneys — including transplantation and the work of researchers to find effective ways to manage kidney donation. This timeline looks back on the last half century, as this year marks the 50th anniversary of Cleveland Clinic’s first kidney transplant.

Kidney Donation Just Got Safer

Donating a kidney just got even safer. New requirements — in effect as of Feb. 1, 2013 — further protect people who are willing to be living kidney donors. Concerns about what happens to donors after donating their kidneys prompted the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS), which manages the transplant system, to establish new … Read More

Diabetes Facts: Know the Risks

People with diabetes are at risk for long-term problems affecting the eyes, kidneys, heart, brain, feet and nerves. The best way to prevent or delay these problems is to control your blood sugar and take good care of yourself. Want to learn more about your risk? Take the diabetes risk assessment. Brain Diabetes increases the … Read More