Diet and kidney disease
Good nutrition is needed for good health. The food you eat is broken down in your stomach and intestines. Your blood picks up nutrients from the digested food and carries them to all your body cells. These cells take nutrients from your blood and put waste products (toxins) back into the blood. Healthy kidneys work around the clock to remove this waste from your blood and then it is removed from your body in your urine. Other waste products are removed in bowel movements. As kidney disease worsens, less waste is removed from your blood and toxins build up causing the symptoms of kidney disease. At Nephrology Associates, our multi-disciplinary team will provide you with a diet specific to your needs. A diet for patients with kidney disease (Renal Diet) may consist of monitoring fluid intake and low amounts of potassium, phosphorus, and sodium. Healthy cholesterol and blood sugar levels are very important if you have Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Some CKD patients also need to adjust the amount of protein in their diet as well. Simple blood and urine tests will be ordered on a regular basis to monitor the levels of potassium, phosphorus, sodium, cholesterol, and protein in your body.