How do I manage my kidney disease on a daily basis?

To manage your kidney disease, you need to follow the treatment plan outlined by your doctor. This may include medications and treatments such as dialysis. In addition to these medical treatments, you'll probably need to adjust your diet to minimize consumptions of nutrients that may damage your kidneys and aggravate the complications of the condition. You may be instructed to keep your diet low in protein, potassium, sodium, and cholesterol. A dietitian can provide helpful suggestions.

Annette Duncan
Nutrition & Dietetics

Nutritionally the answer depends on whether you are on dialysis or not. On the positive side if you are on dialysis you should have a dietitian at your facility to help you navigate through the diet. If you are not on dialysis you can request to see a dietitian to minimize intake of foods that can damage your kidneys. You may need to decrease foods such as protein or potassium - which your doctor can tell you through simple blood tests.  Generally a diet low in sodium is recommended.

Nilima Desai
Nutrition & Dietetics
There are 5 stages of kidney disease. Managing kidney disease can be very challenging, therefore you should be seen by your doctor on a regular basis. Nutrition also plays a big role in managing this disease. If you are on dialysis (stage 5) there is an "in-house" dietitian present at your dialysis facility that can help tailor your diet. In the earlier stages of kidney disease you may have to watch your protein, sodium, potassium, phosphorus, fluid intake depending on your lab results. You may additionally be prescribed active Vitamin D to help control your parathyroid hormone levels if they are not within the normal levels.

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