Eating Right for Kidney Health: Tips for People with Chronic Kidney DiseasePublished: 2017-09-26
Date Modified: 2017-09-26
Bryant Family Managed Care - Kidney Health.
Author: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
What you eat and drink can help slow down chronic kidney disease. Some foods are better for your kidneys than others. Cooking and preparing your food from scratch can help you eat healthier.
These tips will help you eat right as you manage your CKD. The First Steps to Eating Right are important for all people with CKD. The Next Steps to Eating Right may become important as your kidneys slow down. 1 in 3 people in the US will develop Shingles (Zoster or Herpes Zoster). There are approximately 1 million cases of shingles each year. Anyone can get shingles, including children. However, the risk increases as you get older. Half of all cases are age 60 and older. People who have a compromised immune system are at greater risk.
Work with your dietitian to choose the right foods for you.
The First Steps to Eating Right
Step 1: Choose and prepare foods with less salt and sodium.
Why? To help control your blood pressure. Your diet should contain less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium each day.
Look for food labels that say:
Step 2: Eat the right amount and the right types of protein.
Why? To help protect your kidneys.
Step 3: Choose foods that are healthy for your heart.
Why? To help keep fat from building up in your blood vessels, heart, and kidneys.
The Next Steps to Eating Right
As your kidneys slow down, you may need to eat foods that are lower in phosphorus and potassium. Your health care provider will use lab tests to watch your levels.
Step 4: Choose foods with less phosphorus.
Why? To help protect your bones and blood vessels.
Foods Lower in Phosphorus:
Foods Higher in Phosphorus:
Step 5: Choose foods that have the right amount of potassium.
Why? To help your nerves and muscles work the right way.
Foods Lower in Potassium:
Foods Higher in Potassium
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