Organ Donation: A Shared Vision; An Important Mission

Organ Donation: A Shared Vision; An Important Mission

Organ Donation
  The Foundation KidneyChef would like to extend our sincere appreciation to the Chris Klug Foundation for their remarkable work in advocacy and education. In the United States alone, 22 people die each day waiting for an organ. The waiting list is growing much faster than rates of donation. Even though over 95% of US adults support organ donation, only 48% are signed up as donors. (US Department of Health and Human Services, 2017) The Chris Klug Foundation’s (CKF) mission is to advocate for organ and tissue donation and to inspire those touched by transplantation. “We strive to help people make an educated decision to become a registered organ donor. We pride ourselves in creating a space and providing necessary tools to spark the conversation about organ donation between friends…
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The Top 10 Food Choices for Dialysis Patients

The Top 10 Food Choices for Dialysis Patients

Kidney Disease, Renal Diet
Kelly Welsh, RD Renal Dietitian -- If you have kidney disease, you should be happy to learn that there are lots of super foods, containing antioxidants and other health-supporting properties, that you should and can include in your daily diet. People with kidney disease, especially PKD patients, can be in a constant state of inflammation, while having a higher risk of cardiovascular disease. The key to choosing foods that are “good” for you, is finding those that are delicious, while packing the most nutritional punch! Chronic Kidney Disease Diet Food List Red bell peppers Red bell peppers are a good choice for those concerned about kidney health, because they're low in potassium. In addition, they add color and taste to any dish, while packing additional nutrients, including: vitamins A, C,…
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Common Misconceptions Of The Kidney Diet

Common Misconceptions Of The Kidney Diet

Kidney Disease, Renal Diet
Mary Payne MS, RD, LD Renal Dietitian As a renal dietitian, I can’t tell you how many of my patients come to me confused and frustrated. Depending on their kidney disease stage, they have been asked to follow a “kidney diet” with little explanation or guidance from their medical provider. I wanted to help answer a few of those questions many of you may have today. Do I really have to give up certain foods? This is a statement I hear most often from my patients, and as I renal dietitian, I hate when a patient has been told they “CAN’T” have something anymore. A kidney diet can have a lot of restrictions, depending on your kidney disease stage. Your blood test results, as well as any specifications from your doctor, will…
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What’s The Deal With Protein and Kidneys?

What’s The Deal With Protein and Kidneys?

Kidney Disease, Renal Diet
Mary Payne, MS, RD, LD Renal Dietitian -- What Is Protein? Protein is a very important macro-nutrient that our body uses to build and repair muscles and other body tissues. Protein is also important because it can help keep your hunger satisfied longer than carbohydrates do. Proteins are made out of small organic compounds called amino acids. In order for our body to function correctly, we must make sure we consume protein on a daily basis to get our 20 essential amino acids. If we don’t get our essential amino acids, our body will stop functioning correctly and we can have issues with our brain and muscle systems. Protein is also a great source of vitamins and minerals, including: zinc, selenium, iron, and our B vitamins. What Types Are There?…
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