A change in diet can change everything.
Coastal Nephrology Associates has a dietician on staff to help you establish and maintain Medical Nutrition Therapy. Medical Nutrition Therapy can delay CKD progression, prevent or treat complications such as malnutrition, and improve quality of life.
Keeping your body healthy requires good nutrition. Coastal Nephrology Associates teaches that a nutrient dense intake is paramount to a strong physical and mental health. A balanced diet helps to provide for growth, builds new muscle tissue and repairs body tissue in addition to building and keeping a strong immune system.
But what happens when the kidneys are damaged and unable to get rid of enough waste products and fluids from the blood?
Your doctor may have already prescribed hemo-dialysis or peritoneal dialysis treatments for you. This treatment requires careful attention to your food intake because the body now has special needs, and fluids and certain foods and nutrients need to be regulated. Your diet becomes very important in your care and it is essential that you have the right amount of protein, calories, fluids, vitamins and minerals every day. Your dietitian will work with you closely and help you plan your meals and your food intake so that you can meet these nutrient needs.
You may have already noticed that you have changes in the kind or amounts of food you eat every day or you may have problems eating your usual or recommended food intake. Loss of weight without trying may be present or you may be having changes in your strength and the ability to take care of yourself. These are issues you will want to discuss with your dietitian so you can both address these concerns together.
If you have high cholesterol or diabetes your dietitian can work with you on the kinds of fat and animal foods you can eat as well as altering the carbohydrate component of your food intake. Vitamin and mineral intake will also play a role and can be reviewed together.
As you journey through the process of dialysis, your dietitian will also help you in your understanding of the basics of food preparation. We can also help provide flavoring tips to enhance palatability, help you understand recipe composition and how the cooking process alters the nutrient composition of a food.