Realistic Resolutions for Continual Health

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Marika Wamback, R.D. Renal Dietitian -- Happy new year!  As we welcome in 2018, many of us will want to start the year off with healthy goals; the top ones being losing weight, and quitting smoking.  These are admirable goals, but often, people quit just as they’re getting started.  This is because they have not set realistic goals for sustainable change.  With kidney disease, it can be even more of a challenge, due to the constant monitoring of kidney function.  Kidney disease can often feel like a lifestyle in and of itself. Realistic resolutions will help you, whether or not you have kidney disease. Making them work for you in the long term is key.  With food costs increasing in 2018 and increase cost in dining out, and with constantly…
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Daily Intake of Sugar — How Much Should I be Consuming?

Daily Intake of Sugar — How Much Should I be Consuming?

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Stephanie Legin, RD, LDN Renal Dietitian Sugarcane was introduced to the Caribbean by Christopher Columbus in 1493.  Since then, the sugar industry flourished and sugar has become a major factor in the growth of the food industry. This has resulted in  the overconsumption of added sugars in the American diet. Carbohydrates Carbohydrates (CHO's) are an essential nutrient to human life.  There are two categories of CHO’s; complex and simple.  Complex CHO’s actually contain carbohydrate plus  fiber.  Most of our CHO consumption should be from complex CHO’s. Simple ­CHO’s  contain no fiber and are responsible for the sweet taste in many foods.  Sugar is a simple CHO and has 4 "empty" calories per teaspoon, which means it contains no nutritional value.  Due to its negligible nutritional content, simple sugar should be limited…
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Sweeten Your Day the Kidney Friendly Way

Sweeten Your Day the Kidney Friendly Way

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Stephanie Legin, RD, LDN Renal Dietitian -- Who doesn’t love to indulge in some sweet treats now and again?  For people with chronic kidney disease (CKD), choosing a renal friendly treat is important. There are many sweet options out there, but some can be too high in phosphorus and potassium, which are limited and/or restricted on the kidney diet. Many popular candies contain chocolate and nuts, both of which contain phosphorus and potassium. Since people with kidney disease may have trouble removing excess phosphorus and potassium from their blood, it can be dangerous. Too much phosphorus can cause a person with kidney disease (especially later stages) bone and heart problems, low blood calcium, and the hardening of tissues. That is why it is important to look for candies that have <160 mg phosphorus per serving. Potassium…
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Unsaturated Fats and Kidney Disease

Unsaturated Fats and Kidney Disease

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                  Ann Haibeck, RD, LDN Renal Dietitian Decoding Unsaturated Fats Unsaturated fats are generally healthier than saturated fats and trans fats; the National Kidney Foundation and American Heart Association recommend consuming mostly unsaturated fats. These types of fats are more likely to reduce inflammation and promote heart health than saturated fats. Unsaturated fats can be categorized as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Polyunsaturated fats can further be classified as omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids. So what do each of these mean for your health as a kidney patient? Monounsaturated Fats Kidney patients are known to have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease when compared with people without kidney disease. Monounsaturated fats are known to decrease LDL cholesterol (“bad” cholesterol), thereby lowering the risk…
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