How to avoid Chronic Kidney Disease

In the earliest stages of Chronic Kidney Disease, you can make changes to your diet that will help your kidneys stave off/or slow the progression of the disease.

I’ve only included the basics, so please go to the sites referenced for complete information.

The time to make changes is now, before you get Kidney Disease or if you’ve been diagnosed at the earliest stages.

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What is a Kidney Friendly Diet

A kidney-friendly diet should limit sodium, cholesterol, and fat, and instead focus on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and lean meats (seafood, poultry, eggs, legumes, nuts, seeds, and soy products), says Maruschak. People who have already been diagnosed with CKD may also need to limit certain other nutrients, she adds. 

Here are the basics of diet changes

Portion Your Plate

Limit Your Salt Intake 

Be Mindful of Protein 

Choose Complex Carbs Over Simple Carbs

Limit Saturated Fats and Avoid Trans Fat

Watch Your Alcohol Intake

Talk to Your Doctor About Whether You Need to Limit Phosphorus and Potassium

 Work With a Dietitian 

The changes required can seem overwhelming but you can start one at a time until all are part of your Kidney healthy diet.

For detailed information about diet changes, you can visit The Kidney Foundation.

I was recently diagnosed with Stage 3 Kidney Disease, which means my kidneys are working at 50% and my kidneys are too damaged for them to heal. As I research my own Kidney Disease, I’ll pass along anything important. 



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  1. I’m so sorry to hear about your diagnosis of kidney disease, Mel. I know this has to have been a blow, with everything else you’ve had going on. I’m sure you’ll face this latest thing as you do everything else — with grace and strength. Sending hugs your way.

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    1. I’ll face it after I spend some time in bed just letting it soak in. My gramps died from CKD so it doesn’t scare me. I told my brother yesterday, he’s the only family I have to tell. Having chronic illnesses and being given about 5 years to live sounds great in away. My questions is how am I going to accomplish some of my buket list items? I told my husband I would do them in a wheelchair if needed. Hugs.

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