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Kidney Diet

Kingwood Kidney Associates

Board Certified Internal Medicine & Nephrology located in Humble, TX

With a chronic kidney disease diagnosis, your diet becomes one of the most important parts of your treatment. By eating the right foods, you may prevent or delay some of the complications kidney disease causes. The board-certified Nephrologist, Sowmya Puthalapattu, MD, and nutritionists at Kingwood Kidney Associates have extensive experience creating healthy diet plans that support the ongoing health of their patients with chronic kidney disease. If you have questions or need help with a kidney diet, call the Kingwood or The Woodlands, Texas, office, or schedule an appointment online.

Kidney Diet Q & A

Why do I need to follow a kidney diet?

Your kidneys filter your blood and remove wastes, drugs, and extra fluids. They also regulate the amount of sodium, potassium, calcium, and phosphorus in your bloodstream.

When you have chronic kidney disease, the progressive damage to your kidneys affects their ability to function. You can take the stress off your kidneys and protect your health by adjusting your diet. Here are a few examples: 

Sodium

Lowering sodium helps maintain healthy blood pressure. This is important for your overall health and also because high blood pressure accelerates kidney damage. 

Potassium

Lowering potassium is essential for preventing high potassium levels in your bloodstream, a serious complication of chronic kidney disease that leads to heart failure. 

Protein

Limiting your protein consumption reduces the amount of waste in your bloodstream. As a result, your kidneys don’t have to work as hard. 

How does a kidney diet work?

Kingwood Kidney Associates routinely monitors your health, doing blood work to track your levels of minerals and determine the best diet for managing your chronic kidney disease. 

In the early stages of chronic kidney disease, you may only need to limit sodium and protein. As your kidneys gradually lose their ability to filter your blood, you need to reduce potassium and phosphorus in your diet.

It’s also important to limit beverages and foods that have a high water content, as the damage to your kidneys progresses and they can’t effectively remove excess fluid. Too much fluid in your body leads to high blood pressure and heart failure.

The nutritionists at Kingwood Kidney Associates work closely with you to ensure your diet meets your stage of kidney disease and helps prevent complications such as anemia, heart disease, high potassium, and bone and mineral problems

Your Nephrologist also monitors your nutritional status to prevent deficiencies. Loss of kidney function, the medications you may need to treat your condition, and your dietary changes can all lead to the loss of nutrients. 

What can I eat on a kidney diet?

In the early stages of chronic kidney disease, your kidney diet isn’t necessarily restrictive; it’s more a matter of learning to limit the portions of foods that are high in:

  • Protein
  • Sodium
  • Potassium
  • Phosphorus

 

As your kidney disease progresses to an advanced stage, you may need to eliminate foods that are the highest sources of potassium and phosphorus, but there are good alternatives. 

For example, oranges, melons, and bananas are high in potassium, but low-potassium alternatives include apples, pears, and berries.  

The nutritionists at Kingwood Kidney Associates give you the tools you need to follow a kidney diet. You get information about foods that are high and low sources of specific nutrients, portion sizes, and planning meals throughout the day to balance your intake. 

If you need help with a kidney diet, call Kingwood Kidney Associates, or schedule an appointment online.