Managing Kidney Disease

Hi! I’m Mary, a Dialysis Nurse at Fresenius Kidney Care
  • Here are some essential facts to understand about chronic kidney disease (CKD):
  • CKD has 5 stages.
  • There are treatments that can help slow disease progression.
  • Eventually, CKD progresses to end stage renal disease (ESRD) or kidney failure—but it could take years.
  • You have several treatment options for ESRD. Talk to your doctor about what fits best with your life.

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Eating Well With Chronic Kidney Disease

If you’ve been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD), the food you eat and how it affects your kidneys can have a direct impact on your current and future health. CKD dietary needs may vary from person to person and your nutritional needs may also be affected by the CKD stage you’re in, whether or not you’re on dialysis and which dialysis type you choose. Eat according to the meal plan outlined by your doctor or dietitian and consider it an investment in your health.

With protein, less is more

You’ve probably heard that diets high in lean proteins like chicken or fish are healthy, but for a person with CKD that’s not the case. Protein creates a waste product called urea. If you’re living with CKD, it’s hard for your body to remove enough urea from your system, which can lead to fatigue and appetite loss.
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Salt is not your friend

CKD makes it hard for the kidneys to maintain a salt and water balance. Eating salty food further throws your body off balance. Luckily, there are plenty of other ways to spice and season your food that don’t use salt. You won’t even miss it.




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Get a food guru

Eating for optimal health with CKD can be tricky—especially because everybody’s chemistry is different. Your doctor will refer you to a renal dietitian who can help you create a kidney-friendly meal plan that fits your exact needs. Plus, there are plenty of recipes to satisfy your requirements—and your family’s tastes.


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WAY TO THRIVE

Not sure if the salt content in your food is too high? Use this simple tip: Sodium per serving should not be higher than the number of calories per serving. If the food label shows that a food has 140 calories per serving, make sure the sodium per serving is 140 mg or less.