Vitamin D and You

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Mindy McCullough, MS, RD, LDN Renal Dietitian -- Many people in the United States and Canada have been found to be deficient in Vitamin D.  There are multiple factors that affect Vitamin D levels in the body including sun exposure, skin pigmentation, diet, and presence of chronic diseases including kidney disease and diabetes. What does Vitamin D do?                 Vitamin D plays an important role in our body.  It helps the body absorb calcium, it aids in muscle movement, plays a role in heart health, and it helps boost the immune system to fight infections.  Vitamin D and calcium together help prevent weakening of the bones, also known as osteoporosis, in older adults.  In adults, a deficiency in Vitamin D can result in osteoporosis, which can lead to fractures, and/or…
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10 Ways to Improve Kidney Function: Celebrate Your Kidneys!

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Marika Wamback, BSc., RD Renal Dietitian -- Celebrating the ‘Bean Shaped’ Organ! Did you know that March is Kidney Month?  The importance of the kidney and the challenges with kidney disease are becoming more recognized.   Many people do not fully understand the importance of the kidneys, and, yet, 1 in 10 people have kidney disease. The kidneys are bean-shaped organs located in the mid-back region.  They are our filters; cleansing the blood, while retaining essential nutrients, managing blood pressure, maintaining bone health, and maintaining the pH balance of the body.  They are busy!  At the end of one week, they have done these tasks for 168 hours.  When the kidneys are diseased, these tasks are not done as well, which can cause complications. There are several important statistics with kidney…
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Heart Health: Ticker Talk with Renal Disease

Heart Health: Ticker Talk with Renal Disease

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Marika Wamback, BSc. R.D. Renal Dietitian -- Did you know that February is Heart Health Month?  Since February is usually associated with love, flowers, chocolates, and hearts for Valentine’s Day, it is also associated with keeping a vital muscle and pump system in tip top shape! The heart is a muscle in the body that operates like a pump; pumping blood to every single part of the body through arteries and veins.  Blood carries oxygen, nutrients, fluids, and electrolytes, all of which are vital for survival.  These nutrients are also essential for a healthy heart.  Without them, the heart cannot function optimally, reducing pumping and blood flow.  Or, it must work harder, increasing stress on the heart. Unfortunately, heart disease is the primary cause of death with kidney disease.  It…
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