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Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP
Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP, is a National Kidney Foundation spokesperson. He practices consultative nephrology and is the medical director of the Dialysis Center of Lincoln in Lincoln, Nebraska where he participates in research and innovative projects for the benefit of dialysis patients. His areas of professional interests focus on nephrology, hypertension, dialysis, acute renal failure, kidney stone disease, and chronic kidney disease. Dr. Spry is an active member of the Public Policy Committee at the National Kidney Foundation, which is dedicated to developing policies on health care issues that affect kidney patients, transplant recipients and organ and tissue donors. Dr. Spry received his medical degree from the University of Nebraska and his nephrology training at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Entries by Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP

Organ Donors Needed

(1) Comments | Posted July 5, 2016 | 2:00 PM

The White House recently held an organ donor awareness conference called the Organ Summit. The United Network for Organ Sharing reports that there are 131,528 people waiting on the organ transplant list. There are 107,647 waiting for a kidney. From 2004 to 2013, there were 63,742...

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Can I Live with One Kidney?

(0) Comments | Posted June 21, 2016 | 10:39 AM

Two of the most common questions I get on my blog for the National Kidney Foundation are "Can I live with one kidney?" and "What should I do to protect my single kidney?"


There are four reasons why someone might...

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Women With Chronic Kidney Disease Face Unique Challenges

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2016 | 11:36 AM


Women are more likely than men to get kidney disease. But while already living with this potentially debilitating illness, women face additional physiological challenges related to their sex.

Kidney disease, or CKD, doesn't display severe symptoms until it's...

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Prediabetes: Are You at Risk for Kidney Disease?

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2016 | 4:45 PM


People with prediabetes -- a condition used to describe someone who is on his or her way to developing diabetes -- often have unrecognized chronic kidney disease. But prediabetes may be asymptomatic for many years. Similar to chronic kidney...

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Lead and Kidneys

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2016 | 3:53 PM

The recent news about lead exposure from city water in Flint, Michigan, has renewed many people's concerns about an environmental cause of kidney disease. For years, extraordinary efforts have been made to eradicate environmental lead exposure by eliminating lead based gasoline, stopping the sale of lead based paints,...

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The Heart-Kidney Connection

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2016 | 4:11 PM

The path to the heart may lead through the kidney. As Valentine's Day comes and goes, we commonly reflect on affairs of the heart. We have known for many years that people with chronic kidney disease (CKD) commonly have heart disease. We have also known that people with heart disease...

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10 Kidney Health Resolutions for 2016

(4) Comments | Posted January 12, 2016 | 1:08 PM

Many of you resolved to face 2016 with a renewed commitment to improving your health. There are 10 things I prescribe to patients for a healthy new year. Follow these resolutions and they will help keep your kidneys and the rest of your body in tune. What's great about this...

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The Gift Everyone Needs This Holiday Season

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2015 | 12:03 PM

Finding the perfect gift can be a daunting task. Does your list include those hard-to-shop-for folks that already seem to have everything? As a doctor, I may be biased, but a gift that brings them health may be the one item that keeps giving all year long.

High blood...

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Diabetic Kidney Disease: A Key to Earlier Diagnosis

(2) Comments | Posted November 12, 2015 | 1:11 PM

The month of November kicks off the holiday season and includes a Thanksgiving feast filled with sweets and calories galore. November also happens to be National Diabetes Awareness Month. Coincidence or not, it's important to remember that diabetes is a major risk factor for kidney disease. Diabetes...

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Sleuthing Kidney Disease in Central America

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2015 | 1:21 PM

Have you ever been thrilled with a good medical mystery? Solving a two-decade-old health crisis in Central America provides new insights into how we can protect our kidney health, especially when working in extremely high heat settings.

First, some background. Young Central American agricultural workers (predominantly men) have been...

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How Low Can You Go?

(1) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 5:46 PM

Though Chubby Checker recorded these lyrics to Limbo Rock in 1962, the popular catchphrase still holds true today--especially when it comes to your blood pressure. Ever since 1967, we've been aiming to go low. That is the year the first Veterans Administration Cooperative Trial was published, which confirmed...

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Going the Distance? Hydration and Exercise

(1) Comments | Posted August 14, 2015 | 6:29 PM

I could write all day long touting the various benefits of exercise. It's important to establish an exercise regimen because physical activity offers many health benefits, including decreasing blood pressure, increasing muscle strength, lowering blood fat levels (cholesterol and triglycerides), improving sleep, decreasing stress, increasing insulin sensitivity and helping control...

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Your Pee May Hold a Clue to Your Destiny

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2015 | 8:09 PM

What's in your pee may mean the difference between life and death. A large study recently came out showing that kidney function tests can forecast who is likely to die of cardiovascular and heart diseases (including stroke). And the study concluded that these kidney tests are better predictors...

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A Little Number 1 Can Save Your 2 Kidneys

(2) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 10:30 AM

Urine testing dates back to Medieval times when doctors made diagnoses based on the "Urine Wheel." Physicians of old used to examine urine with their eyes, sense of smell, and even taste! Fortunately for me, there are chemical tests which now make most of these tests obsolete, although...

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5 choses que vous pouvez apprendre sur votre santé en allant aux toilettes

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 8:23 AM

Discuter des fonctions du corps humain occupe une part très importante des conversations de tout physicien. En tant que néphrologue, ou spécialiste du rein, je me retrouve souvent à parler d'urine, parce que oui, l'une des principales fonctions des reins est de filtrer les déchets et les toxines qui passent...

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Be an Everyday Superhero: Saving a Life Is Easier Than It Sounds

(1) Comments | Posted April 29, 2015 | 10:36 AM

People tend to think that superheroes have magic powers, but ordinary mortals have the power to save lives too -- no cape required. Donating an organ is one of the most powerful things you can do to save a life. April is Donate Life Month and there are two different...

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Zehn Anzeichen dafür, dass Sie an einer Nierenkrankheit leiden

(2) Comments | Posted March 21, 2015 | 12:34 PM

Mehr als 26 Millionen Amerikaner leben mit einer Nierenkrankheit. Die meisten wissen es gar nicht. Über 90% der Menschen mit Anzeichen für eine Nierenkrankheit sind sich dessen nicht bewusst. Der März ist der nationale Monat der Niere, und der beste Beitrag, den man selbst dazu leisten kann ist...

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10 Signs You May Have Kidney Disease

(73) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 11:42 AM

More than 26 million American adults are living with kidney disease. Most don't know it -- Over 90 percent of people with signs of kidney disease are unaware of it. March is National Kidney Month, and one of the best ways to observe this health awareness month is...

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Celebrate Kidney Month! Show Your Kidneys Some Love

(7) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 4:23 PM

2015-03-02-KidneyPhoto_Smaller.jpgMarch is National Kidney Month and this year we celebrate World Kidney Day on March 12. In honor of this health awareness month, here are five facts about the kidneys that may surprise you:

  1. It doesn't take two...
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How to Be a Survivor: Flu Season 2014-15

(5) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 11:39 AM

Each year, many myths and misconceptions circulate about "flu shots." People tend to have a variety of opinions about whether they are worthwhile and whether they actually make a difference in terms of protection against the flu. One reason for this is that the effectiveness of the flu vaccine can...

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