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Do I need to take vitamin and mineral supplements if I have kidney disease?

If you have kidney disease, it may be important for you to take certain amounts of some vitamins and minerals in the form of supplements. Almost all vitamins and minerals come from the foods you eat. Your body does not make these substances. People with healthy kidneys who eat a variety of foods from all the food groups (meats, grains, fruits, vegetables and dairy products) can get lots of vitamins and minerals.

But with kidney disease, you may be on a diet that limits some food groups. Therefore, you may not be getting all the vitamins and minerals you need each day. Ask your doctor if you need to take vitamin and mineral supplements.

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