Is the regular diet for diabetes also alright when you have kidney disease? I am a bit confused because I have been reading for a person with kidney disease to eat white bread instead of whole wheat, white rice in place of brown, and so on. It has me somewhat confused as what to eat.

Amy Campbell


You ask an important question, and the answer is no, the diet for kidney disease is not the same as a diet, or eating plan, for diabetes. While you still need to watch portions and count carbohydrates, you may need a more specialized eating plan. Depending on one’s stage of kidney disease , certain nutrients may need to be limited, including protein and potassium. When your kidneys aren’t working as well as they should, they can’t filter out waste products from protein digestion. These waste products can build up in the body and cause you to feel sick. Also, your kidneys may have a hard time getting rid of excess potassium and this, too, can build up in the body and be harmful to your heart. Other nutrients may need to be limited as well, including sodium and phosphorous. It’s very important that you follow a meal plan geared for kidney problems. Ask your doctor for a referral to a dietitian who has experience with diabetes and kidney disease. If your doctor does not know of someone, visit either the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ website at www.eatright.org or the American Association of Diabetes Educators’ website at www.diabeteseducator.org to find a dietitian in your community.

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elaine52 2013-04-10 10:24:49 -0500 Report

Thank you, Amy. I have been in to see a dietitian since posting that question, which was alot of help to me. I have stage 3 so I do have to watch certain nutrients.