Nutrition and chronic kidney disease
If you’ve been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD), awareness of your food choices and how these choices can affect your kidneys is important.
The ABCs of vitamins for kidney patients
Learn about vitamins, the role they play in keeping us healthy and how CKD changes vitamin requirements.
Phosphorus and the kidney diet
Although phosphorus is a mineral that is vital for good health, too much phosphorus can have very harmful effects on the body. People with chronic kidney disease can have high levels of phosphorus if their kidneys are no longer functioning well enough to remove it from the body. One way to protect against unhealthy phosphorus levels is by limiting the amount of high-phosphorus foods and drinks consumed.
Potassium and the kidney diet
Potassium is a mineral that is important for good health. However, a person with chronic kidney disease may have an unhealthy level of potassium in the body. Some people with kidney disease may be instructed to eat a low-potassium diet to keep potassium levels in the bloodstream in a healthy range.
Protein and the kidney diet
Every cell in our body contains protein, and it is necessary for life. But when the kidneys are not functioning at normal levels, the body may not be able to process large amounts of protein. As part of a kidney-friendly diet, a dietitian may recommend that you consume smaller amounts of protein.
Calcium and Chronic Kidney Disease
Calcium is the most abundant mineral found in the body. About 99% of the calcium in the body is in bones and teeth. The remaining 1% is found in blood and soft tissues. Calcium recommendations for people with chronic kidney disease (CKD) are different from those for the general population.