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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    How should I modify my diet with chronic kidney disease?

    Are there certain foods/liquids I should come more of or avoid? Any foods that make the symptoms worse?
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    Dung Pham

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    Dung is an Accredited Practising Dietitian who currently works in Community Health and Private Practice as a HACC/CH dietitian and Health Coach. She has also … View Profile

    Dietary modification for chronic kidney disease (CKD) depends on the stage of CKD as well as an individualized approach depending on your pathology.  More stringent dietary modifications are recommended for those on haemodyalysis or peritoneal dialysis .

    It is strongly recommended that people seek individualized dietary advice from an Accredited Practising dietitian.

    Dietary modifications usually comprise of alterations in energy, protein, sodium, potassium, phosphate and fluids 

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    Ashleigh is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD, AN) and registered with the Dietitian's Association of Australia with experience in both clinical and private practice. Ashleigh's … View Profile

    Dietary management of chronic kidney disease (CKD) is largely individualised and dependant on the stage of CKD.

    Dietary modifications generally include reducing overall sodium (salt) intake, modifying protein intake; and if required, may need to consider reducing potassium, phosphate and fluid intake. All of the above is basically to reduce the work on the kidneys and to prevent build up of waste in your body.

    Methods to reduce salt intake include:

    • Reducing your intake of processed foods and choosing low salt options where available
    • Avoid adding salt during cooking and at the table
    • Utilise herbs and spices along with onion and garlic to increase flavours in cooking
    • Avoid using sauces and ready-made pasta, gravy, rice packet mixes

    In terms of other dietary modifications, I suggest you seek advice from an Accredited Practising Dietitian to tailor to your personal requirements.

     

    Ashleigh

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