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The purpose of this handbook is to provide you with information about your kidneys and how they work, the stages of chronic kidney disease, and steps that can help you to protect your remaining kidney function and maintain a healthy lifestyle. By using this handbook and working with your health care team, you will learn how to manage your kidney disease. This means you may be able to delay or prevent symptoms of kidney failure as well as prevent or reduce the risk of other complications such as heart disease.

The information and suggestions in this handbook are general – you should always seek the advice of health care professionals for an assessment and treatment plan to meet your individual needs.

The handbook is provided free of charge by the Kidney Foundation to all newly-diagnosed kidney patients across the country and is typically distributed to patients through health care professionals working in renal units.  It is also available at your local Kidney Foundation branch office. Previous versions of the handbook are available in other languages (Chinese, Punjabi) on request.

You can download the complete handbook or only the chapters that interest you by clicking on the links below.

Download Book One
Download Book One (audio version)

Living with Reduced Kidney Function: Table of Content

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