When you have kidney disease, your kidneys are no longer working as well as they need to. Changing your diet can help protect your kidneys. It can also help you control other diseases, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, that can make kidney disease worse.
This topic can give you some general ideas about how to follow the diet your doctor or dietitian recommends.
Note: These diet tips are not for you if you are on dialysis or have had a kidney transplant. Follow the special diet your doctor gave you.
The following are general food guidelines for people who have kidney disease. Be sure to follow the diet your doctor or dietitian gave you.
Eating too much protein can stress the kidneys. But if you don't get enough, you can become weak, tired, and more likely to get infections. To get the right amount of protein:
To limit sodium:
If you need to limit fluids:
If you need to limit potassium:
If you need to limit phosphorus:
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal MedicineDonald Sproule, MDCM, CCFP - Family MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerTushar J. Vachharajani, MD, FASN, FACP - Nephrology
Current as ofApril 3, 2017
Current as of: April 3, 2017
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
& Donald Sproule, MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Tushar J. Vachharajani, MD, FASN, FACP - Nephrology
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