Renal diet

Also called: kidney diet, dialysis diet

Wastes in the blood come from food and liquids that are consumed. People with kidney disease must adhere to a renal diet to cut down on the amount of waste in their blood. Following a renal diet may also bolster kidney function and delay total kidney failure.

A renal diet is one that is low in sodium, phosphorous and protein. A renal diet stresses the importance of consuming high-quality protein and limiting fluids. Some renal diets may also call for limited potassium and calcium. Every person is different, and therefore, a dietician will work with each patient to come up with a renal diet that is tailored to his or her needs.

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