Nutrition for Kidney Health

According to Tracy Garrett, a registered dietitian nutritionist with the Sun Health Center for Health & Wellbeing, promoting healthy blood pressure and blood sugar levels are the biggest factors in the prevention of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD).

“For those who want to prevent CKD, the emphasis is on a healthy, balanced eating plan, which would include a focus on plant-based foods, lean meats, low-fat dairy and would exclude alcohol, processed foods and added salt.”

For those individuals who have been diagnosed with CKD and want to eat properly, Tracy says the complex nutrition recommendations can feel overwhelming.

“The previous emphasis on fruits and vegetables may now include recommendations to restrict certain fruits or vegetables or starches, such as oranges, beets or potatoes. The type and quantity of protein may warrant a modification as well, based upon lab results,” she says.

“The good news is that Medicare and many health insurance plans cover nutrition consultations for those with CKD who are not on dialysis.” A consultation with a registered dietitian can help those with CKD develop a personal nutrition plan.

To learn more about kidney health, CKD and nutrition benefits for those with diabetes or CKD, call the Sun Health Center for Health & Wellbeing at 623-832-9355 or attend our class, “Nutrition & Kidney Health,” on Mar. 15 or Mar. 22. 

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