Roll of Dietician for Kidney Health
A renal dietitian plays a vital role in maintaining kidney health. Your diet can positively and negatively impact your kidneys. They can help you with a diet plan that has foods you can enjoy. Just like other doctors, it is important to consult with them before adjusting your diet to ensure you are the healthiest you can be.
WHAT ARE RENAL DIETITIANS?
Renal dietitians are experts in diet and nutrition specifically for people with kidney disease. These experts will regularly check in on you, reviewing your nutrition, lab work, medicines, and weight to ensure your kidney functions at its best possible ability.
HOW DO RENAL DIETITIANS HELP?
A renal dietitian will help monitor and educate you on your kidney health, working with you to help find a diet plan that works best for your lifestyle. Your dietitian will walk you through specific nutrients, protein, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins, and minerals you can consume and how much you can consume.
WHY ARE DIETITIANS NECESSARY?
It is very important to make healthy food and fluid choices every day when you have kidney disease. Consuming too many minerals like phosphorus or potassium in your diet can further damage your kidneys and lead to kidney failure.
WILL MY KIDNEY DISEASE STAGE IMPACT MY DIET?
Yes, if you’re in the early stages of kidney disease, your dietitian can recommend how to eat healthy for your stage of kidney disease to help slow down or stop the progression to kidney failure.
WHAT TYPE OF RECOMMENDATION WILL A DIETITIAN MAKE?
- How much fluid you should consume each day
- Eating a low-protein diet,
- Limiting salt, potassium, phosphorous, and electrolytes
- Possibly changing your medication
DO I NEED A DIETITIAN POST KIDNEY TRANSPLANT?
Yes, it is vital after your kidney transplant to follow your dietitian’s guidelines to help keep your new kidney healthy. They will ensure your body is acclimating properly to your new kidney and medication. Your diet may change to help you either gain or lose weight, maintain healthy blood pressure, and allow your body proper time to heal.
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