Living with kidney disease

A healthy life, with appropriate diet, controlled blood pressure, blood sugar and blood lipids, is a prerequisite for preserving kidney function. Promising therapies for patients with kidney disease have also been developed that can protect kidney function and slow, and in many cases prevent, the onset of kidney failure. Discuss possible interventions with your medical treatment team.


Specialized nutritionists can help you find a diet that is right for you. Your doctor can prescribe nutritional counseling that is reimbursed by your health insurance (form for requesting a prescription [DE/FR/IT]).

List of nutritional consultations specialized in the field of nephrology.

Recipes in calendar form






Broschures & Postcards

To order:

  • Brochures for kidney disease patients, but also for children, relatives and other interested parties!
  • Postcards for everyone!

Choosing renal replacement therapy

Living with kidney failure

This brochure helps patients suffering from kidney failure, on their own or with their healthcare team, to make the decisions that may be necessary when kidney failure develops: Choosing the most appropriate renal replacement therapy

Available in German, French and Italian

Brochure for children

Our kidneys are heroes

This brochure provides children and teenagers with information about the kidneys: how they work, what they do and what treatment they need when they are ill. Its aim is to inform and arouse curiosity about this particular organ and its role in the overall miracle that is the human body.

Contribution to costs: CHF 5 per copy

Soon available also in French, Italian and English

Available Soon

Preserving kidney function

This brochure tells you more about the kidneys, their functions, their diseases and how best to protect them. When their function declines, other organs suffer, especially the cardiovascular system and brain. And the quality of life and life expectancy decrease. In many cases, however, the decline in kidney function can be slowed down or even prevented.

Contribution towards costs: CHF 5 per copy

Soon available in German, French, Italian and English.


Beautiful announcements in postcard format (10.5 x 14.8 cm).

The postcards are available free of charge in 4 languages, and their small format means they can be placed in the waiting room.

In this way, you can help spread information about the importance of kidneys to good health and support the Swiss Kidney Foundation!

  • BROCHURE: Living with kidney failure

  • BROCHURE: Our kidneys are heroes

  • Soon available also in French, Italian and English



Five things that doctors and patients should consider

In the interests of the Schweizerische Akademie für Qualität in der Medizin (Swiss Academy for Quality in Medicine) and a similar initiative by the Swiss Society of General Internal Medicine, the Board of the Swiss Society of Nephrology has joined the international “Choosing Wisely” campaign.

The Choosing Wisely campaign aims to promote doctor-patient dialogue and contains medical guidelines in cases of unfavourable individual benefit-risk ratios.

Are your kidneys healthy?

850 million people live with kidney disease. Take this one-minute quiz to find out if your kidneys are healthy.

The main job of your kidneys is to remove toxins and excess water from your blood. Kidneys also help to control your blood pressure, to produce red blood cells and to keep your bones healthy. The kidneys are complicated and amazing organs that do many essential tasks to keep us healthy. They are so important that you cannot live well without functioning kidneys.

Between 8 and 10% of the adult population has some form of kidney damage, and every year millions die prematurely of complications related to kidney disease.

«I live healthy and enjoy the present and listen well to my body»

Thomas Hunziker, Member of the Foundation Board