Can kidney disease be reversed?

A diagnosis of chronic kidney disease typically entails the damage is permanent. However, following an effective renal diet can help to preserve remaining renal function and prevent disease progression. If you have underlying conditions such as diabetes, diabetes management will also be an effective way to preserve kidney function. A dietitian can help you manage a diabetic renal diet, helping to prevent progression of the conditions or long term complications.

How Can I Avoid Complications of Renal Disease?

Many symptoms of renal disease may not show up until later stages. This is why it is important to continue regular screenings for renal disease, especially if you are at risk. Conditions such as diabetes, heart failure, elevated blood pressure, or a family history may put you at a greater risk for developing kidney disease. Incorporating a proper renal diet will help to avoid complications of kidney disease. Managing co-morbidities such as diabetes will help to prevent further complications of kidney disease.

How can a dietitian help with with a renal diet?

It may be challenging to navigate nutrients in food such as protein, potassium and phosphorous if you are struggling with renal insufficiency. Questions like “What foods contain potassium?” or “how much protein should I eat with kidney disease” may be challenging to decipher on your own. This may be especially true if the food does not contain a label. A dietitian can help you navigate these renal diet foods without having a package right in front of you. Further, you may ask yourself how can you manage dietary restrictions when preparing real foods to fit into a renal diet. A dietitian can help you sort through all of the technical jargon and find solutions that work for you and your lifestyle.

A dietitian can support you with  understanding dietary and lifestyle recommendations provided by a healthcare provider. It may be challenging to understand lab values associated with renal function. A dietitian can help you understand lab values including normal blood sugars, normal blood pressure levels, and kidney related lab values.

How can a dietitian help with a dialysis renal diet?

For clients on dialysis, a dietitian can work with you to set up a plan specific kidney disease diet to help you manage protein, phosphorous, potassium, sodium. A dietitian will also assess fluid intake and restrictions where applicable. Whether you have recently been diagnosed with kidney failure,  are new to dialysis, or just looking for new ideas on how to make behavior changes from existing recommendations, I want to help you!

I Can Assist You With:

  • one on one nutrition counseling for renal diet

  • Energy requirements and BMI

  • Protein requirements for your renal diet needs

  • micronutrient requirements for renal diet

  • Fluid requirements

  • Assistance with interpretations of lab values and implications

  • Carbohydrate assessment for diabetic renal diet (where applicable)

  • blood glucose levels (where applicable)

  • Applicable hand-outs and suggestions

  • deciphering normal a1c levels (where applicable)

  • Information on renal medications/binders and food/drug interactions

  • Information regarding various methods of dialysis (where warranted)

  • renal diet food list

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