Fats and Kidney Disease

Fats and Kidney Disease

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                  Ann Haibeck, RD, LDN Renal Dietitian The Facts About Fat and Kidney Disease In the modern food environment, high-fat foods surround us everywhere in fast food chains, restaurants, and grocery stores. But are all fats bad for us? The answer is no. In fact, certain fats can actually provide extra benefits to our bodies and have anti-inflammatory effects, which can especially help people with kidney disease. The aim of this article is to increase your understanding of why fats are important, and highlight the most kidney-friendly sources of healthy fats. Why are Fats Important? Fats, also referred to as lipids, are crucial molecules for our bodies. Fat contributes to the structure of cells in our bodies and helps us absorb fat-soluble…
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High Blood Pressure and Diet: The Connection

High Blood Pressure and Diet: The Connection

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Ann Haibeck, RD, LDN Renal Dietitian High blood pressure and diet: What’s the connection? Kidney patients often experience elevated blood pressure, also known as hypertension. Your doctor may prescribe medication to treat your blood pressure, but your food choices can be just as important as taking your medication. Salty and highly processed foods often provide more salt (sodium) than we need in our diets, which can increase blood pressure readings. High blood pressure can put excess stress on blood vessels, including those that lead to the kidneys and other vital organs. Sodium Guidelines The American Heart Association recommends eating no more than 2,300mg of sodium per day, with 1,500mg per day or less being ideal. The National Kidney Foundation recommends 2,500mg to 3,800 mg of sodium daily for patients on…
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