Many with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) often see a Kidney Transplant as a solution to get back to what they perceive as a normal life. While in many cases a Kidney Transplant has been shown to improve the life of those with CKD, it is another treatment and not a cure. Hence, while you may be eager to eat all the foods you have been unable to eat for years, there are some dishes that may still be off limits. For instance, the Department of Veterans' Affairs urges for transplant patients to avoid raw eggs, raw oysters, unpasteurized milk, as well as alfalfa and clover sprouts because they harbor germs.
The Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) points out that patients who are just recovering from surgery need extra protein to help them heal. Once they are healed (about two months), they can reduce protein intake to regular portion sizes. Although, you have virtually no restrictions on the source of protein, people with CKD should avoid raw or undercooked meats, sushi or raw seafood/shellfish, and undercooked eggs. CUCM also warns that post-transplant patients should eat only three or four egg yolks per week.
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In general, Kidney Transplant recipients should substitute fried meals with excessive fats for dishes that are baked, roasted, broiled, grilled or boiled. Be sure to defrost fish or meat in your refrigerator or microwave and not at room temperature to avoid possible germs and viruses. Also, do not refreeze uncooked foods that have already been defrosted. Even when cooked, any leftover meat or fish should be eaten within 48 hours or thrown away. When storing eggs, you should do so in the refrigerator at 5 degrees Celsius or less. Raw eggs may carry dangerous pathogens for CKD patients who have received a Kidney Transplant, so always check salad dressings and other garnishes.
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A Kidney Transplant should provide many with CKD the opportunity to lead more full lives, so you should not feel the incessant need to analyze every single thing you eat. But, there are key foods you should keep a careful eye on such as meat and fish. While your dietary options post-transplant increase enormously, KidneyBuzz.com encourages you to be careful and always remain open to your Dietitians' and Nephrologists' dietary recommendations.
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