“Family keeps faith in difficult time”


Check out our president -elect, Shaminder Gupta’s response to an article featured in the Times Picayune on home dialysis.

I enjoyed the article and I would like to comment on other dialysis options that are available to young dialysis patients like Darin Tassin.

I am the president-elect of the National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana and am passionate about the use of home-based dialysis options.  In the United States, there are currently 600,000 patients on dialysis yet only 10 percent utilize home-based dialysis.  If you ask health care providers what type of dialysis they would choose for themselves or a loved one, 90 percent would choose a home-based therapy.

 There is a general lack of education about dialysis options for patients and there is a general fear among patients about home dialysis.  These two issues need to be reconciled to help provide the best care for patients like Mr. Tassin.

 Home-dialysis options include peritoneal dialysis and home hemodialysis.  There are new centers in the area that focus only on these treatments and actually come to the patient’s home to train the patient and spouse or caregiver. 

 Shaminder Gupta, MD



For more information about dialysis modality options, please contact the National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana, 504-861-4500 or visit the website:   www.kidneyla.org

Watch these videos for local patients and their experiences with home dialysis:  http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTxuI_gNQfLk1QsTU0UTBdQ.



 Walking- A Natural Way To Prevent Chronic Kidney Disease

In recent surveys conducted by Statistics Canada, it was found that approximately 30% of the population reported walking regularly (four or more times per week) and that 70% walked at least once in the past three months. Naturally, walking is a simple activity for enhancing health and well-being.  In fact, in a recent study by the Pennington Biomedical Research Center on the relationship between steps/day and metabolic health, it was found that approximately 56% of people in the lowest category of steps/day had metabolic syndrome (defined by having the presence of three or more cardiovascular disease risk factors) compared to only 13% of people in the highest steps/day group.

Furthermore, the odds of having metabolic syndrome was 10% lower for every additional 1000 steps/day people took.  So, even though moderate and vigorous levels of physical activity is important to one’s health, the total amount of physical activity as measured by steps/day is also a significant factor.

Action Tip: 
If you have a pedometer, track your daily steps over the next three days to determine your baseline average steps per day, and then see if you can increase that number by 1000 steps/day.  If you don’t have a pedometer, create a personal route that you routinely walk on your activity tracker and count the steps total.  At the end of three days, extend your route by an extra 1,000 steps!Source: Taking Steps to Improve Health by Walking Peter T. Katzmarzyk, PhD, Associate Executive Director for Population Science and Louisiana Public Facilities Authority Endowed Chair in Nutrition, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Baton Rouge, LA. Research UPDATE published by the Alberta Centre for Active Living March 2011.








We had a great time at Camp Shining Stars!   Check out our Video to see how much fun we had!

Your secure donation from our “Make a Gift” tab or submission by mail is still being accepted throughout the year as we plan for our 2015 Camp.



Monday, April 13, 2015- 18th Annual Alexandria Golf Invitational benefiting the National Kidney Foundation @ OakWing Golf Club

Monday, June 8, 2015- 19th Annual Baton Rouge Liberty Mutual Invitational benefiting the National Kidney Foundation @ Country Club of Louisiana

Monday, June 22, 2015- 2015 Squire Creek Liberty Mutual Insurance Invitational benefiting the National Kidney Foundation @ Squire Creek Country Club

Monday, October 26, 2015- 25th Annual New Orleans Liberty Mutual Insurance Invitational benefiting the National Kidney Foundation @ English Turn Golf & Country Club

Monday, November 9, 2015- 20th Annual Lafayette Liberty Mutual Insurance Invitational benefiting the National Kidney Foundation @ Oakbourne Country Club

Enjoy a great day of golf with your friends! Your support raises money for the Foundation’s programs and services. In addition, you can compete for the opportunity to play at Pinehurst, home of the 2014 U.S. Open and the U.S. Women’s Open. Please contact  David Warner to register.




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