Coping with kidney disease can be a real challenge. Most people struggle during the initial stage when they have to accept the fact that they might have a life-changing condition.

At some point, they feel like giving up, whether it comes to the issues associated with the disease or the treatments. Adjustments go in more directions and can be both emotional and practical.

That's exactly the case with one of my best friends. Accepting the problem was the hardest part, and even after she did it, she still had down moments every now and then.

I think friends and family are critical in this situation, just to keep the mood up. But at the same time, a bit of extra education will also boost the mood and perhaps increase the quality of life.

World Kidney Day (March 9, 2023)

World Kidney Day is an international health initiative aimed at increasing awareness of the importance of the kidneys and promoting measures to reduce the prevalence. This campaign highlights the crucial role that healthy kidneys play in maintaining overall health and well-being and seeks to encourage individuals to take proactive steps to protect their kidney health.

World Kidney Day is held every year on the second Thursday in March and offers an opportunity for healthcare professionals, policymakers, and the general public to come together to raise awareness about kidney disease and the need for early detection and treatment. Through a range of events and activities, World Kidney Day provides a platform for individuals and organizations to share information, build networks, and collaborate on strategies to improve kidney health outcomes worldwide.

In my opinion, these books on kidney disease are not just for the people suffering from such affections, but they’re also for people around them. The more you know about it, the easier it becomes to support your loved ones.

With these thoughts in mind, here are some of the best kidney disease books I’ve read lately.

What Are The Most Useful Books on Kidney Disease?

What You Don't Know Might Be Hurting Your Kidneys, by Dr. Pharmd Christina Wachuku (2022)

Many diseases today are considered silent killers, mostly because people fail to pay attention to light symptoms and only react when it’s a bit too late.

It’s the lack of education, most likely, but preexisting health issues may also lead to different complications.

To most people (and I must admit, to me too), the decisions we make can often lead us in the wrong direction. Some of the most common silent killers include hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and even chronic stress.

This is one of the most detailed kidney disease books, and it aims to educate on the prevention as well as the treatment of kidney-related problems.

I know what you're thinking, you can't read a book for every potential silent killer out there, or you'd have to live in a cave, but this one is extremely educational and helps you understand the potential issues associated with kidneys, not to mention small things that could improve your quality of life.

Learn the Facts About Kidney Disease, by Steven Rosansky M.D. (2020)

I was a bit skeptical about this book. Looking at the author, you’d expect a scientific piece of work. But no… This book is written for the average reader and features lots of useful information and little to no jargon at all.

It helps the reader understand the effects of chronic kidney disease, as well as what people can do to prevent these problems.

More importantly, if you or a loved one suffer from it, you’ll learn how to cope with it, help others and understand everything about what patients go through.

In my opinion, this is one of the best researched kidney disease books and will give you a bigger image about the affection.

Reverse Chronic Kidney Disease, by Dr. Yaw Ababio Boateng (2022)

Chronic kidney disease is, well, chronic, meaning you’ll have to live with it and make some lifestyle changes. Most people don’t realize it, but about 13.4% of the United States population suffers from it. It's more popular than you think, even if lots of people don't even know they suffer from it.

Now, this book is aimed at those who’ve already been diagnosed. It will teach you how to reverse the issue and keep it under control. It will give you all the details you need to prevent gradual degradation, which will inevitably lead to dialysis.

I think it's an excellent piece of work, and it's written with no technical terms, so anyone can understand it.

Furthermore, it provides a deep insight into the lifestyle changes you need to make today, not tomorrow, and not the day after.

If you know someone who’s suffering from kidney disease, this book will help them make the right changes and learn how to cope with them. Just as good for a patient’s loved ones, so they know what a family member or friend goes through.

Stopping Kidney Disease, by Lee Hull (2019)

This book is part of a bigger series of books on kidney disease. It offers essential information on understanding how the kidney works and how to prolong its functionality for as long as possible. More importantly, it offers measurable results within months only.

Whether it comes to people who have just been diagnosed or severely ill patients, this book offers more than 500 pages of information.

You'll learn why education is such an important thing in the process, how to keep the workload on the kidneys under control, and how to slow the disease and eliminate lifestyle factors that aggravate it.

There’s research on different diets as well.

To me, it’s one of the most detailed releases and offers exclusive details for both patients and their loved ones. If it’s you suffering, you’ll learn more about the disease and how you can cope with it. If the patient is someone you love, you’ll understand what they go through and how you can help them.

Stopping Kidney Disease Basics, by Lee Hull (2022)

This is another great book on chronic kidney disease based on the same series. I think it's mostly aimed at the friends and relatives of those who suffer from this silent killer.

A patient will most likely want to know everything about the disease and what it takes to make some positive lifestyle changes. When it comes to friends and family, they only need to know the basics, and that's exactly what this book offers.

Patients will obviously have something to learn too, but generally speaking, it will help those around them to understand what they go through.

I believe someone reading this book will become more supportive and will be able to help a loved one cope with the disease in a more effective manner.

Coping with Kidney Disease, by Mackenzie Walser and Betsy Thorpe (2004)

I think this is one of the best books on kidney disease, a release that can actually save your life and add to its quality.

The book will help you understand kidney failure, recognize all kinds of early signs and learn more about the potential treatment.

It offers a very easy approach on how to keep the affection under control but also how to slow the progression, which is probably the most important step in the process.

Its role is to prevent dialysis, and it does a pretty good job at it.

Believe it or not, there are positive reviews about it, reviews from people who have managed to prevent dialysis altogether or at least delay it. I think it’s an excellent piece of work for anyone struggling to cope with chronic kidney disease.

Thriving with Kidney Disease, by Walter A. Hunt (2022)

Can you thrive with kidney disease? To most people, it’s like a deadly diagnosis. Chronic kidney disease is considered a silent killer, and it looks like treatments are going nowhere.

Well, there are things you can do about it, and many of them refer to a natural approach, such as lifestyle changes.

This guide is aimed at patients, their loved ones, and even healthcare professionals who may need further education on the matter.

You'll learn more about the causes of kidney failure, conservative care for people, related conditions, dieting requirements, insurance issues, and even potential new treatments.

If other books are focused on diet only or perhaps the methods to slow the gradual degradation, this one offers the bigger image and will offer a comprehensive guide on everything.

Renal Diet Cookbook for the Newly Diagnosed, by Susan Zogheib MHS RD LDN (2017)

If you think a cookbook is the last thing you need when struggling to cope with the treatment for kidney disease, you’re wrong. In fact, most doctors will recommend lifestyle changes for newly diagnosed patients as well.

Sure, there are different treatments to try, but at the same time, you’ll also need to make some changes to help out.

This cookbook offers more than 100 delicious recipes to try out, four week meal plans to cope with the change, and step by step instructions on how to adopt a renal diet.

Dr. Sebi Kidney Failure Solution, by Serena Brown (2020)

This book offers a more holistic approach. You’ll never be able to restore the normal function of your kidneys, but you can prevent them from going even worse.

You'll learn to identify potential signs of the disease, its causes, and symptoms, the potential issues with traditional treatments, foods you need to stop eating today, foods you should have more of, and lifestyle changes to keep the affection under control.

Final Thoughts about Books on Kidney Disease

These books on kidney disease can definitely offer a more detailed approach when it comes to dealing with chronic kidney disease. It’s a long term condition that will never go away, yet it’s worth a try.

It’s imperative to learn more about it and make some lifestyle changes to keep it under control, whether you’ve been recently diagnosed or one of your loved ones suffers from it.

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