Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) have a large burden of health complications to contend with on a daily basis. Cardiovascular (Heart) Disease in the CKD community is common, accounting for the majority of deaths in those suffering from the disease. Traditional Cardiovascular risk factors only partially account for this increased incidence of heart-related deaths in people with CKD. But Renal Failure itself and the life-sustaining procedures required are direct risk factors for Heart Disease, for instance Dialysis.
A new study published in the Journal of Renal Nutrition, on Monday March 3rd, 2014 emphasized that the Hemodialysis Eating Index (HDEI) better known as the Renal Diet is suitable for Hemodialysis (HD) patients to maintain proper levels of serum albumin (most common protein found in the blood) and hemoglobin (iron -containing oxygen) levels as well as protect against Cardiovascular Disease.
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In the study, the Renal Diet was based on the recommendations of the U.S. National Kidney Foundation. 108 HD patients ate a strict Renal Diet composed of vegetables, fruits, total grains, whole grains, high-protein foods, red and white meat, fish, oils, saturated fatty acids or trans fatty acids, nuts, and multivitamins. Albumin levels were significantly improved and participants eating a proper diet, sharply decreased levels of cholesterol and increased hemoglobin (low levels cause anemia) levels.
Hence, the Renal Diet can serve as an eating index to combat or prevent poor albumin, hemoglobin and improve Cardiovascular outcomes. FREE News & Information is offered to the Chronic Kidney Disease community at KidneyBuzz.com daily. If you found this article useful, help us reach more people that could benefit from this information by sharing it.
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Yi-Fang Chiu, LD, Yi-Chun Chen, PhD, Pei-Yu Wu, MS, Chun-Kuang Shih, PhD, Hsin-Hung Chen, PhD, Hsi-Hsien Chen, MD, Tso-Hsiao Chen, PhD, Shwu-Huey Yang, PhD. "Association Between the Hemodialysis Eating Index and Risk Factors of Cardiovascular Disease in Hemodialysis Patients." Http://www.jrnjournal.org/. Journal of Renal Nutrition.
Wright, Julian, and Alastair Hutchison. "Abstract." National Center for Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine.