renal failure

By mimg1938 Latest Reply 2010-06-07 07:13:25 -0500
Started 2010-06-05 13:57:00 -0500

my kidney function is getting lower so I need to change my diet - what I've found on the internet seems to indicate that most of the foods I've learned to eat for the diabetes are bad for the kidneys and what are good for the kidneys are bad for the diabetes. HELP!!

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pablito805 2010-06-06 18:59:58 -0500 Report

I'm seeing a specialist for Kidney. I also went to see a Nutritiousness. I was told to just diet, lose weight and keep my salt intake low. Easier said then done. Anyways i seem be getting that also when i try and diet, like you said "most of the foods I've learned to eat for the diabetes are bad for the kidneys and what are good for the kidneys are bad for the diabetes". I'm going to try that book Crashnot mentioned.

Crashnot 2010-06-07 07:13:25 -0500 Report

Great! It's made a huge difference for my husband's type 2 and helped me with my type 1 as well. Especially the diet and vitamin suggestions, and notes on medication side effects.

Crashnot 2010-06-06 18:45:47 -0500 Report

You might look into getting the book "Reversing Diabetes" by Julian Whitaker, MD. He spends a bit of time on kidneys and points out that when you go on dialysis you are instructed to STAY AWAY from proteins. But nobody suggests this to people who are beginning to fail. He suggests limiting your meat intake to the World Health Organization's suggested intake, .55 grams protein per kilogram of body weight per day. The idea is to reduce the load on the kidneys and still get what you need to thrive. The book is available at this site as well as Amazon. Well worth the $14.

Diane987 2010-06-06 10:23:19 -0500 Report

I remember when my dad had kidney failure and had to go on dialysis, his whole diet had to change. I thought the same thing you do. How can this diet make sense that everything you were suppose to eat as a diabetic now has to be limited or eliminated from your diet. It really is one of those things you just cant seem to wrap your head around.

The concept of the renal diet is to limit fluid intake. Anything that is made of mostly fluid has to be limited, like all those fruits and veggies you are told to eat a bunch of as a diabetic. I found a resource for you. There is a ton of information at this website. When you get to the web page, look on the left hand side and click on Getting Started. That will give you the basics of what you need to do.

Good luck and God Bless


RAYT721 2010-06-05 18:20:07 -0500 Report

That is a problem but I would think that your doctor(s) should be able to offer guidance or at least a referral to a dietitian that can help you with meal planning. I am not at all familiar with kidneys to even touch the subject but the road you are on must have been traveled with other diabetics. Look into networking, support groups, online and offline research and getting the answers you need to not only help yourself but to help others in the same situation with the same concerns.

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