Those with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and/or Diabetes must maintain strict diets to improve their health. However, far too often patients overcompensate and limit foods that are very important. You should not restrict your food intake out of unfounded fears and misinformation.
Kidney and Diabetic patients are prone to not eating as well as they should due to a lack of appetite, depression, and certain dietary restrictions such as reduction or prohibition of salt or sugar. Even when they desire to eat certain foods, they eliminate them because they have concerns that the foods conflict with their diet. This is a factor that tends to further hinder CKD and Diabetic patients' food intake and worsen their health outcomes.
Most kidney patients require a diet that is high in good calories, with significant quality proteins such as egg whites, fish, and chicken. While waste products do build-up in the blood from food in the bodies of those with CKD, patients should not leave out any of the four food groups (grains, dairy, meats, and produce) from their diet.
Many long-time dialysis patients may be shocked to learn that they can consume food like guacamole, even though it is high in potassium, IF the serving portions are kept strictly within safe limits. Also, by using clever substitutes those with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) can enjoy many of their favorite staples. The key, said Registered Dietitian, Robin Russell, "is that if you’re careful, if you read your labels and measure your foods, you can have a much wider variety of foods in your diet."
The food consumed should be approved by your Dietitian and in the right proportions. Dr. Rezzan Khan advised, “There is no one special diet for people with kidney disease. It all depends on kidney functions, blood tests, and whether or not the patient is on dialysis. Even the type of dialysis the patient is on, influences dietary management."
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If you have Diabetes you are likely managing an even more restrictive diet. Some of your restrictions are absolutely mandatory while others may be a culmination of myth and fear. What can you do to address your concerns, expand your diet options, and improve your outcomes? Write down your top 5 favorite meals regardless of diet restriction, take it to your Dietitian and ask him/her for recommended substitutes which will allow you to enjoy them.
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