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Diet of a Kidney Patient

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Most of the waste products excreted by the kidney come from the protein in the diet. Patients with CRF are therefore often advised to restrict protein in their diet. However, it must be remembered that body uses protein to build, maintain, and repair body tissues. It is therefore very essential to maintain sufficient protein intake.

Most people with kidney disease need sufficient calories to maintain their weight. Taking high calorie food may increase the level of fat in the blood. A high level of fat (triglyceride) has been observed in many cases of CRF. This may predispose to an increased risk of heart attack and paralysis due to clogging of blood vessels by the fat.

Diseased kidney cannot always control sodium excretion. In most kidney diseases, sodium is not normally excreted leading to sodium retention which in turn results in high blood pressure and swelling.

With advanced kidney damage, potassium eaten in an "average" diet cannot be excreted by the kidneys. This can lead to high potassium concentration in the blood which can cause serious heart problems.

In most cases of advanced kidney disease, the urine output drops. When this happens, it is necessary to restrict the intake of liquids (fluids). The excessive fluid intake results in swelling, high blood pressure and difficulty in breathing. It is important to remember that everyone's diet will be different because of different forms kidney diseases.

Comments (16)Add Comment
April 12, 2010
Votes: +5

i would like to know the diet for kidney patient. i am confused for diet in this problem. If u can guide me what kind of diet should be in this problem? it will be helpful for me.

thank you


April 12, 2010
Votes: +1

can u help me to explain the diet for kidney problem patient?

April 22, 2010
Votes: +3
Diet For Kidney Patient

Please guide us the Diet for My Monther have recently detected Kidney problem in the initial stage . She is having diabities , heart problem & thyroid .

December 27, 2010
Votes: +3

my mother has been recently detected kidney problem in the initial stage can you tell me what diet plan should be followed

Suneth Perera
December 31, 2010
Votes: +1
Diet chart for kidney patient

Can you please advice me on the diet chart which should follow for kidney problem at the initial stage.it was found that my father is having a kidney problem and also having diabeties.

Country - Sri Lanka

Abhishek Ranjan
February 23, 2011
Votes: +1
kidney shrinking

may i know my balance diet and what i eat regularly.

March 13, 2011
Votes: +1
diet for kidney patient

what should be taken in my diet, am suffering from too much back pain.
Is this back pain for a problem in kidney.
may i know what should be taken regularly & what kind of fruits should be taken?

KB Chowdhary
March 24, 2011
Votes: +0
diet for kidney transplant.

In 2003 I have been transplanted kidney. In 2010 it failed. now I am undergoing weekly twice dialysis. WHAT SHOULD BE MY DIET? PL. ADVICE.

Supriya Das
April 05, 2011
Votes: +1

Please advice me the best diet for kidney diesese.

June 12, 2011
Votes: +0
Kidney shrinking

I am suffering of kidney shrinking.Tell me,what should be taken in my diet in more detail.

July 01, 2011
Votes: +0

i want details about polycystic kidney. and congenital absence of right kidney. what care should taken by the patients to protect single kidney

Chandrika chatterjee
August 17, 2011
Votes: -1
For my mom

She is 67 and kidney patient about 5 years.I am confused about her diet as she is loosing her waight day after day

sudhir kumar singh
December 13, 2011
Votes: +2
renal kidney problem

Pl. advice diet . my cretnin level-3.3 and blood urea-59

May 15, 2012
Votes: +1

Hello! I have CRD for the last 8 years. Hypothyroid last 1 year. No dialysis yet. Creat betn 4.5 & 5.5, urea level betn 80 & 120. The best diet for us is pure veg maharashtrian food. Yes, there are limitations. No coconut, jaggery. Fruit: limit to watermelon (good diuretic), apple. Have aamla, either moravla or raw. Make sure about the sugar and salt contents. Kokum also helps. Things in MODERATION!! Monthly checkups with your nephro COMPULSORY!!! Use your cell phone for reminders about medicines. Check which medicine is to be taken when and how. Lab tests monthly. Your nephro can adjust your meds accordingly. Maintain all records. (I have all my records from the time I began treatment.) Organize the records properly, filing etc. Full physical exam once a year.
Hypothyroid patients: avoid peanuts, mustard. Green tea is good.

Debasish Maiti
July 28, 2012
Votes: +3
Diet Chart for kidney patient

Can you please advice me on the diet chart which should follow for kidney problem at the initial stage.it was found that my wife is having a kidney problem and no having diabeties.

Creatinine - 2.10
Urea- 34.00
Sodium - 136.30
Uric Acid - 7.30
Hb% - 7.2

Debasish Maiti
Kolkata- India

September 30, 2012
Votes: +1

please any one suggest me a food chart and also about treatment for my brother aged 32. suffered from CRD. urea 159. creatinine 8.3 for the last one month. we like to avoid dialysis and transplant of kidney, but doctor recommend transplant immediately

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