Simple Changes Which Chronic Kidney Disease And Diabetics Can Make To Improve Their Health Outcomes

As you well know, individuals with Chronic Kidney Disease and/or Diabetes should maintain specific Renal or Diabetic diets. Yet due to Dialysis Treatments, Stress, Anxiety, Energy Loss and other side effects of Chronic Kidney Disease and/or Diabetes, it can be very difficult (if not impossible) for patients to consistently work, enjoy friends and family, stay physically active, avoid depression, and lead what they would consider high quality lives. Did you know, however, that small, simple changes in the diet of Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetics could help improve their lifestyle and help them live happier, healthier, longer and more productive lives?

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It starts in the kitchen! For most, by making very subtle changes in how they plan their meals, what they eat, and where they store their quick snacks, they can improve or better maintain weight, reduce heart attack and stroke risk (common among people with Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetes, boost energy levels), help stabilize Blood Pressure, maximize Dialysis treatments, and ultimately lead happier and healthier lives.   

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If you have a favorite stew, there is no reason to swap it out for another dish. Simply halve (1/2) the amount of starch to cut calories and carbohydrates, and double the vegetables. If you have to restrict your potassium intake, you should be aware that there are vegetables with less potassium such as cabbage, turnip greens, and cauliflower versus potatoes, butternut squash, and beets. Also, be sure to account for the fluid from your favorite stew into your daily fluid allowance if you are on a fluid restricted diet. 

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Try different cooking methods such as using nonstick cooking pans or cooking spray instead of butter or oil. Also Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetics should cook in ways that would not add more fat to a meal, such as grilling.

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While eating with family and friends is a great idea to build a strong support system which Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic patients need, Dr. Brian Wansink noted, "Keep main dishes and starches off the table." Instead, Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetics should have their families serve themselves from the kitchen. This prevents the habit of impulsively grabbing a second or third helping because it is easily accessible, and this could help with weight management.  

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The Huffington Post asked, "Did you know that women who keep even one box of breakfast cereal visible on their kitchen counter weigh an average of 21 pounds more than those who don’t?" Hence, avoid weight gain by hiding the easy-to-eat snacks which are actually bad for you. Instead replace them with a fruit or vegetable such as an apple, cucumber or other lower potassium options. 

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You have heard the saying, "Your eyes are bigger than your stomach," right? Thus use smaller plate sizes so that you can more appropriately monitor your food intake. What's more, choose to buy and cook lean cuts of beef, pork, lamb and veal. High in protein, these trim cuts of meat will improve energy levels and wound healing as well as assist in maintaining a healthy waistline. 

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Before going to the grocery store be sure to make a full list and never grocery shop when you are hungry (refer to the Pantry List in "Fight Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetes" Life Management Guide). By making these small changes with the help of a professional Dietitian or your Healthcare Team, you may greatly improve your health outcomes as well as your day-to-day quality of life. For more Daily News & Information which teaches Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic patients how they can improve their lives, visit every day.