Recommended Federal Changes To Guidelines May Affect Chronic Kidney Disease Patients' Diets

Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients frequently abide by a specific diet which restricts foods that are most harmful to their bodies due to limited Kidney Function. However, seldom do Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients realize the impact the Federal Dietary Guidelines have on their day-to-day lives. According to the Huffington Post, these guidelines affect nutritional patterns throughout the country including "food package labels" and "your Doctor's advice." Well, now it is reported that there is a "Major Shift In New Federal Dietary Guidelines Proposed," of which Chronic Kidney Disease as well as those on Dialysis should be aware. 

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It is important that those with Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis understand these newly recommended Federal Dietary Guidelines in order to tailor them to their specific circumstances with the assistance of their Healthcare Teams. For instance, while the proposed guidelines do put an added emphasis on sugar and "added sugar" restrictions, they are "backing off stricter limits on salt." While Americans in general already over-consume salt and sodium, those with Chronic Kidney Disease and individuals who conduct Dialysis must continue strict sodium restrictions and cut salt out of their diets as much as possible since it may cause excessive swelling and enhances the risk of Cardiovascular (Heart) Events (stroke, heart attack, heart failure) in those with kidney complications.   

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On the other hand, the government advisory committee suggested that "an extra cup or two of coffee may be OK after all." Surprisingly enough, according to the report, coffee may even be "good for you," but Dialysis patients should ensure that any added cups of coffee is within their fluid restrictions. Still, those with Chronic Kidney Disease should consider talking to your Nephrologists about coffee consumption as 3 to 5 cups per day have been associated with reduced risk or improved management of Type II Diabetes and Heart Disease (both of which are comorbidities for many CKD/Dialysis patients). 

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What's more the panel of government advisors still recommended against individuals including those with Chronic Kidney Disease adding much cream, milk and sugar to their coffee beverages. Also, patients within the Chronic Kidney Disease community should completely avoid energy drinks which are very popular at this time. 

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Another recommendation which may take Chronic Kidney Disease patients by surprise is the fact that  eggs are "not considered a nutrient of concern for overconsumption." A growing body of research is proving that good and bad cholesterol is far more complex than previously thought and there is no evidence showing a clear relationship between Heart Disease and how much cholesterol - or eggs - a patient consumes. 

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Overall, the panel advises a diet lower in red and processed meat, and higher in lean meats and vegetables. For a list of the best meats, fish and vegetables which match the Renal (Kidney) diets, click here to order your copy of Fight Kidney Disease and Diabetes today at (awarded 2014 Editor's Choice). 

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Let, know what you think of the newly proposed dietary recommendations which are expected to be implemented by the end of 2015. Do you agree with the new recommendations or disagree? Will you consider discussing these new recommended guidelines with your Healthcare Team and make appropriate changes or keep your diet the same? Friend, your voice matters and is greatly valued! Jump into the robust conversation that is going on right now among the over 16,500 other Friends on the KidneyBuzz,com Facebook Fan Page.  Also, Like on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter so you do not miss a thing. What's more, visit every day for the latest Breaking News & Information which teaches those with Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetes how to better manage and improve their lives.

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Almendrala, Anna. "Major Shift In New Federal Dietary Guidelines Proposed." The Huffington Post.