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Transplant Recipient Information

Nutrition Before and After Kidney Transplant

It’s important to eat well to help you get ready for your kidney transplant. Eating well before your transplant can help you:

  • get enough protein to help you heal better
  • keep your heart healthy
  • manage your weight
  • manage your cholesterol and phosphorous levels

Healthy eating and active living after your transplant can help you:

  • lower your chances of unplanned health problems (complications)
  • prevent infection
  • control your blood sugar levels to support healing
  • keep your bones healthy and strong

A healthy eating plan for most people who have a kidney transplant is a heart healthy eating plan that includes fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains.

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