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When you have
kidney disease, your kidneys are no longer
working as well as they need to. Changing your diet can help protect your
kidneys. It can also help you control other diseases, such as diabetes and high
blood pressure, that can make kidney disease worse.
can give you some general ideas about how to follow the diet your doctor or
Note: These diet tips
are not for you if you are on
dialysis or have had a kidney transplant. Follow the
special diet your doctor gave you.
These are general food guidelines for people who have kidney disease.
Be sure to follow the diet your doctor or dietitian gave you.
Eating too much protein can
stress the kidneys. But if you don't get enough, you can become weak, tired,
and more likely to get infections. To get the right amount of protein:
If you need to
If you need
to limit potassium:
If you need
to limit phosphorus:
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal MedicineE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerTushar J. Vachharajani, MD, FASN, FACP - Nephrology
Current as ofNovember 20, 2015
Current as of:
November 20, 2015
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Tushar J. Vachharajani, MD, FASN, FACP - Nephrology
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