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When you have chronic kidney disease, you may have to adjust or change the way you eat to help keep you healthy. With a few changes in your usual diet, you can have a wide variety of healthy and tasty meals whether dining at home or in restaurants.
Each person has different nutrition needs. Your Dietitian will work with you and your family or caregivers to help you create and individualize a nutrition plan that works for you!
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Some diet changes may include:
Remember: you may not have to make all of these changes. Talk with your Dietitian to make an eating plan that works for you.
Your Dietitian can help with that too! Talk with your Renal Dietitian if you need help making food choices for the kidney diet plus any other dietary needs, such as:
Yes! Each satellite dialysis unit has a Dietitian from the London Health Sciences Renal Program. You meet your Dietitian during your assessment dialysis treatments at the Kidney Care Centre (Westmount Mall). Plus your Dietitian visits your dialysis unit once a year. You can also talk with your Dietitian by telephone anytime you have questions or concerns about your nutrition.
Some of the information included in these websites may conflict with the information provided by your Renal Dietitian. To avoid confusion, please speak with your dialysis Dietitian.
Culinary Kidney Cooks:
Lots of recipes and nutrition information for people with kidney disease. Please note that this is an American (US) website, so some recipe ingredients may not be available in Canada. Plus, it refers to the American Food Pyramid instead of Canada’s Food Guide.
For renal recipes, tips, and other kidney disease information
Kidney Community Kitchen:
From the Kidney Foundation of Canada – information and recipes to help you manage your renal diet
Public Health Agency of Canada:
A variety of health information
Dietitians of Canada:
General nutrition information from Canadian Dietitians
For general nutrition information, like how to read a food label.
Here are some tests the dieticians order to determine how well your dialysis is going.
nPNA (normalized protein-equivalent of nitrogen appearance)
Shows how much protein you have eaten over a period of time, a part of urea kinetic modeling (see below). Ask your Dietitian for your results.
Urea kinetic modeling (also called UKM)
Calculates how well your dialysis is working. If you have urine output, your nurse will sometimes ask you to do a urine collection so we can use that in the calculations.