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By DaVita Dietitian Marisol Avila, RD, CDE
Nutrition is a vital part of treatment for those on dialysis. For people who have been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD), but are not yet on dialysis, a special renal diet is recommended to help prolong kidney function. If you have CKD, what you eat is not only the fuel that keeps your body going, it is part of your prescription for staying as healthy as possible.
People on dialysis work with a renal dietitian who discusses meal plans and provides lists of foods that are recommended and ones to avoid. Each month after blood is drawn, your dietitian will go over your current lab values and use this information to make individualized recommendations for your diet.
Those who have CKD but are not yet on dialysis may not have the benefit of working with a renal dietitian on a regular basis. If you have CKD ask your doctor about working with a dietitian. You can also use resources including DaVita.com for articles that will provide information about the CKD non-dialysis diet.
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At the store
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