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Kidney Failure​

Fats – Good or Bad?

Research shows that not all fats are created equally. There are some fats that are good for you and some that are not. Find out how to swap the harmful fats in your diet for healthier fats.

Dietary fats come from both plants and animals. It is not advisable to go on a fat-free diet as it is an essential nutrient. It cushions delicate internal organs, absorbs fat-soluble vitamins, and insulates the body to keep one warm.

Triglycerides are the most common type of fat in your body. They are made in the body from excessive intake of carbohydrate (e.g. refined sugary drinks and snacks), fat and alcohol. A high level of triglyceride may increase the risk of heart disease.

Cholesterol is not a type of fat. It is a waxy substance that is naturally produced in our body and can also be obtained through diet.

There are two types of cholesterols:

  • Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol is commonly regarded to be the bad type cholesterol because it can build up slowly in the inner wall of the arteries. This will narrow and harden the arteries and allow lesser blood to flow through in the arteries. Therefore, high intake of LDL cholesterol increases the risk of cardiovascular heart disease and kidney disease
  • High-density lipoprotein (HDL) HDL cholesterol is commonly regarded to be the good cholesterol because it removes excess cholesterol from arteries and help to prevent cholesterol build up in the blood vessels.

    Thus, it protects you against cardiovascular heart disease

 Know your Fats

Mono- and poly-unsaturated fats

  • Lowers LDL cholesterol and triglycerides
  • Beneficial to heart health in a moderate amount

Examples of mono-unsaturated fat include:

  • Avocados
  • Almonds, cashews and peanuts
  • Cooking oils made from plants or seeds like canola, olive, peanut, soybean, and sunflower oils

Examples of poly-unsaturated fat include :

  • Fish
  • Flaxseed and chia seed
  • Soybean, sunflower, safflower, and canola oil
  • Pine nuts, walnuts and brazil nuts

Saturated fats

  • Raises LDL cholesterol
  • Increases risk of cardiovascular disease

  • Skin and fat of poultry
  • Canned or processed meats (sausage/salami/luncheon meat/burger patty)
  • Full cream milk and dairy products
  • Coconut milk/oil and coconut products
  • Butter, palm oil, palm kernel oil, cocoa butter, ghee

Trans fats

  • Raises LDL cholesterol
  • Increases risk of cardiovascular disease

  • Potato crisps
  • Pastries, cookies and cakes
  • Solid margarine and shortenings
  • Deep fried foods

Know your lipid profile in blood test:

Lipid Profile Desirable level
Total cholesterol: mmol/L less than 5.2mmol/L or 200mg/dl
Triglycerides: mmol/L less than 1.7mmol/L or 150mg/dl
LDL (Bad) cholesterol: mmol/L less than 3.2mmol/L or 130mg/dl
HDL (Good) cholesterol: mmol/L more than 1.2mmol/L or 40mg/dl

Note: You are advised to cut down on food that are high in saturated and trans fat, and cholesterol if you have high LDL and triglyceride levels.

Tips to manage your cholesterol level


  • Select lean cuts of meats
  • Trim all visible fats and remove the skin of poultry and meat
  • Have 2 to 3 servings of fatty fish every week (salmon, sardine, tuna, mackerel)
  • Use less oil in cooking. Avoid re-using oils more than twice
  • Adopt healthier low fat cooking methods (e.g. boiling, steaming, baking)
  • Use soft margarine instead of butter and use it sparingly
  • Aiming 2 serves of fruit and 2 serves of vegetable daily

Eat out

  • Replace fried noodles with soup noodles (avoid finish all the soup)
  • Limit deep fried food to no more than twice a week
  • Ask for less oil and less gravy
  • Eat less high-fat bakery products (e.g. pastries, cookies and cakes)
  • Read the ingredient list and avoid products containing hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fats/oils/shortening
  • Read Nutrition Information Panel and choose products with lower content of total fats, saturated fat and trans fat
  • Choose products with the Healthier Choice Symbol


  • Do physical activity for at least 2.5 hours a week
  • Maintain body weight within healthy weight range (Ideal BMI: 18.5 to 22.9 kg/m2 )
  • Do not smoke
  • Limit alcoholic drinks (Male: 2 standard drink; Female: 1 standard drink)


  • Remember to take medication as prescribed

*The above information and recommendations are general guidelines, and should not be viewed as specific advice for any individual. Please consult your physician or other health care advisors for personal health decisions.

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General Enquiries

As there are limited car park lots available at NKF Centre visitors may need to park at the nearby HDB car parks in the vicinity.

NKF HQ Mondays –Thursdays
PH / Weekends
8.30am –6.00pm
8.30am –5.00pm
Dialysis Centres Mondays –Saturdays
7.00am –11.00pm
7.00am –11.00pm

We are open on most public holidays except for the 1st day of Chinese New Year.

NKF does not provide ad hoc dialysis treatment. Our patients are on long-term dialysis treatment. You may wish to check with private dialysis centres for ad hoc dialysis treatments.

NKF does not have an outpatient clinic and hence, we are unable to arrange an appointment for members of the public. You may wish to contact a hospital of your choice for outpatient service.

Currently, NKF does not provide health report interpretation service. You may consult your General Practitioner who will be able to assist you.

Someone with kidney failure may not experience any signs and symptoms until it is too late. It is best to do a routine health screening to understand your health status better and detect any abnormalities as early as possible so that you can delay and manage the disease progression.

To know about the signs and symptoms please click here to learn more.

Decreased urination Swollen hands and ankles Sleep disturbances
Blood in the urine (tea-coloured or fresh blood) Puffiness around the eyes High blood pressure
Nausea and vomiting Itching Loss of appetite

All dialysis centres operate on 3 dialysis shifts –morning, noon and evening.

Morning Noon Evening
7.00am –12.00pm 12.00pm – 6.00pm 6.00pm –11.00pm
Timing of your dialysis schedule may vary for each dialysis centres.
Monday, Wednesday and Friday (1,3,5) OR Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (2,4,6)


Our Admissions Counsellor will contact you once your application is finalised. They will be in contact with you soon.

From the day we receive the application form, it will take approximately 3 working days to a week for us to get back to you if you have submitted all completed supporting documents together with your application form to us. Generally, the whole process will take 6 months for the approval.

The overall application review process will take approximately 6 months before the applicant can start the first dialysis treatment. However, if the applicant is able to provide all completed supporting documents and if there is a slot available at the dialysis centre with a right match to the time slot, the waiting time could be shorter.

Currently, we do not have status checking service online. NKF Admissions Counsellor will be in contact with the applicants regarding the status.

You may pick it up from the NKF main office at 81 Kim Keat Road, Singapore 328836 or call us at 6506 2187 to have the forms sent to you.

Means Test is used to determine the amount of subsidies each person needing care is eligible for. Persons from lower income households will be granted higher subsidies under the means test framework.

Means Test subsidies calculation is based in accordance to MOH guidelines.

Our NKF Admissions Counsellor in-charge will contact you in regards to your means test status.

The Medical Social Workers at your hospital will be able to advise you on the different type of subsidies based on your financial situation.

Kidney Live Donor Support Fund

For information on kidney donation in Singapore, you may wish to contact the National Organ Transplant Unit at Tel: 6321 4390 or email

NKF’s Kidney Live Donor Support Fund covers annual health screenings and medical follow-ups; one-time reimbursement for loss of 2 months actual income of $8,500, whichever is lower: reimbursement of hospitalisation and surgical insurance premiums (capped at MediShield Life premiums); pre-transplant screening and evaluation costs for up to 2 potential donors per kidney recipient; and insurance coverage for Group Living. Policy based on sum insured of $200,000.

For more information and eligibility, please click here. 

Donation & Volunteering

You can make the donation through different platforms:

  1. For online donation: please visit
  2. Or you may like to issue a cheque made payable to “The National Kidney Foundation” or “NKF” and mail it to us at 81 Kim Keat Road, Singapore 328836.
  3. Alternatively, you may contact us at 1800-KIDNEYS (5436397) or email us at to send you the donation form.
  4. Road Singapore 328836.

Thank you for your generosity. The cheque should be issued to “The National Kidney Foundation” or “NKF”.

Thank you for bequeathing your CPF contributions to NKF. You can fill up the CPF nomination form which can be downloaded from the CPF website. NKF’s UEN is 200104750M.

Thank you for your generosity. You may like to visit the Ministry of Law’s website where you can find a list of lawyers based in Singapore. Please visit

Our UEN/ Company Registration No. / GST Registration No. is 200104750M.

Please send us an email at or call us at 1800-KIDNEYS (5436397) and we will assist you accordingly.

You may email your new mailing address to , Please include your full name, contact number, old mailing address and UEN or NRIC/FIN (last 3 digits)

You may email us at to get the donation form. Please fill up your new GIRO/credit card number, donation amount and sign the form. Thereafter, post the GIRO form back to NKF for processing.

For credit card, you may wish to scan the form and send it to NKF via either of these options:

Email –

Fax – 6253 0417

Mail – 81 Kim Keat Road, Singapore 328836

Please email us at with your full name, UEN/NRIC/FIN and mailing address.

Please email us at to have the termination form sent to you. Please fill it up and send it back to us for processing and auditing purposes.

All outright cash donations to NKF are entitled to tax deduction because NKF is a registered charity with an IPC (Institutions of Public Character) status. We are able to issue tax deductible receipts for qualifying donations to our donors.

You are entitled to a tax deduction of 2.5 times the value of your donation in the preceding year.

You may sign up via our website at

If you do not have access to the internet, please call us at 1800-KIDNEYS (5436397) to have the application form sent to you. Please fill it up and send it back to us at 81 Kim Keat Road Singapore 328836.

Once we receive your application, our colleague from the Donor and Volunteer Management Department will contact you for a phone interview. After which, you will be invited to attend our volunteer orientation. This is to allow you to have a better understanding of the volunteering activities.

The minimum age is 13 years old. For volunteers who are below the age of 21, you will need to get parental consent. You may download the consent form here.

We strongly encourage our volunteers to commit at least a year so that we can better support our patients. Our programmes and activities are flexible, you can choose your volunteering schedule according to your interest and availability.

You may volunteer with us basing on your availability. We will send a weekly email to our volunteers indicating the up-coming volunteering opportunities. You can then match your availability to the activity schedule.

We have an array of volunteering activities to suit your interest and availability. To learn more about the volunteering activities we offer, please visit

Anyone and everyone can join us as a volunteer. All applicants will be required to undergo a mandatory orientation session where you will gain insights into the Foundation’s cause, kidney disease as well as learn more about the volunteering activities we offer. Regular trainings are also conducted for all volunteers so that they can better perform their role.

Most definitely! We welcome schools, companies and community groups to volunteer with us as part of their Values In Action and Corporate Social Responsibility activities. Please get in touch with us on your interest by sending an email to

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Thank you for visiting our website.

  1. All authorised procurement tenders or requests for proposal by NKF are exclusively posted on our official website. You may verify the information by visiting our official website or contacting us directly at

  2. Please be informed that our online donation services will be temporarily unavailable on Monday, 6th May 2024, from 11:00 PM to 1:00 AM for maintenance.

    If you have any donation inquiries during this time, please feel free to email us at We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.