Information for the public
You should be offered information and education programmes that are relevant to the cause of your kidney disease, how advanced it is, any complications you may have and the chances of it getting worse. These should be offered to you at different times during your treatment to help you to fully understand and make informed choices about it.
See also Sources of advice and support for details of organisations that can provide further help.
You should be involved in decisions about your care and have access to your medical information (for example, test results and treatments) to help you to understand and manage your condition.
You should also be able to get psychological support if you need it – for example, support groups, counselling or support from a specialist nurse.
You should be offered advice on diet that is tailored to the severity of your kidney disease and be encouraged to take exercise, achieve a healthy weight and stop smoking. This is important because people with kidney disease are also at a higher risk of heart disease (see Cardiovascular disease). A healthcare professional should take a detailed look at what you eat and help you to understand and make any changes needed. You should not normally be offered a special diet called a 'low-protein diet' because of the risks of malnutrition.