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July 16, 2010

Milk substitutes for kidney diets

23 Comments to “Milk substitutes for kidney diets”

  1. harry e. swift jr. said,

    September 24, 2010 @ 10:02 am

    Have been diagnosed with a kidney efficiency of 26%, need all the help

    I can get. Thanks heajr

  2. Cherry Wilson said,

    September 29, 2010 @ 6:57 am

    what about enriched rice milk. i can’t find original without it being enriched?

  3. DaVita Dietitian Sara said,

    September 30, 2010 @ 5:34 pm

    Often the refrigerated rice milk is enriched. Look on the isle instead for the unrefrigerated shelf stable rice milk. Usually you will find the Original or unenriched version here. Read the ingredients to determine if phosphate has been added–this is the one to avoid.

  4. DaVita Dietitian Sara said,

    September 30, 2010 @ 5:38 pm

    You can learn a lot about kidney disease on DaVita.com. A good article related to kidney efficiency is Stages of chronic kidney disease.
    You can also post your questions on the discussion forums to hear from others who are dealing with the same issues you face.

  5. Paige Donna Myers said,

    October 1, 2010 @ 9:45 am

    I have P.K.D can you recommend a diet for me.

  6. DaVita Dietitian Sara said,

    October 22, 2010 @ 4:18 pm

    Hi Donna,
    I cannot recommend a specific diet for you as I do not know enough about your individual needs. The diet changes depending on how advanced your kidney loss is, your labs and your nutrition status. Please ask your dietitian for help. A wonderful site for more information on PKD is http://www.pkdcure.org/.

  7. DaVita Dietitian Sara said,

    January 10, 2011 @ 2:51 pm

    Regardless of your kidney diagnosis the diet is very individual based on how much kidney function you have. It’s best to work with your doctor and dietitian who know more about your individual needs based on kidney function, lab results and nutritional status. An excellent organization and website to learn more about polycystic kidney disease is http://www.PKDcure.org.

  8. Carol Ann Freeman said,

    January 11, 2011 @ 8:56 pm

    I have recently lost 2 brothers to PKD and my 3rd brother is on dialysis. I am the only female and I also have the disease. My father passed away from it.Do you have any suggestions as to how to keep the size of my kidneys from getting larger. One of my brothers had to have bothe kidneys removed. Mine have enlarged in the last few years but my doctor told me I am holding my own very well. I have been overweight all my life. I am a 64 year old female. My brothers passed away at the ages of 63 and 62. Any info would be helpful.Thank You

  9. DaVita Dietitian Sara said,

    January 19, 2011 @ 5:02 pm

    Are you aware of the Polycystic Kidney Disease organization? They have a great website with helpful information and they have local chapters throughout the US. Here in California the Los Angeles and Orange County chapters hold meetings and events. Go to http://www.pkdcure.org/tabid/1444/Default.aspx to read some of their recommendations on diet and slowing progression of PKD. Best wishes to you!

  10. DaVita Dietitian Sara said,

    May 25, 2011 @ 1:22 pm

    As with any stage of kidney disease, diet for PKD will vary with how much kidney function yu have, your size and your nutritional status. The PKD foundation has some additional information on their website at PKDcure.org.
    DaVita Dietitian Sara

  11. Mark Harris said,

    May 26, 2011 @ 1:28 am

    We should really take care of our Kidneys what ever your gender was. My aunt have been dose from kidney stone. The stones are really big I can’t imagine how they appear in her kidney.

    Just want to share this site:
    kidney diet

  12. carol fryers said,

    September 22, 2012 @ 10:40 pm

    My husband is in hospital after a stroke and they have been giving him extra milk as he isn’t eating a lot. He has had kidney problems over th past ten years and has been told that readings are satisfactory. After a blood test he has been told to cut down on salt and milk. Is this normal.

  13. DaVita Dietitian Sara said,

    October 1, 2012 @ 10:15 pm

    Yes, as kidney function declines the ability to filter out excess minerals is lost. As a result the levels of sodium, potassium and phosphorus will rise. Limiting foods high in these minerals will help control blood levels.

  14. Cindy Batty said,

    February 10, 2013 @ 1:13 pm

    My mom is 87 with kidney function of about 30. She has been put on a diet of what to and what not to eat. Recently she was told she had to gain back some weight as she has lost too much. (14lbs. In 3 months) (for her this is a lot she is now only 107 lbs). We have altered her way of eating such as salad is last to eat. Eating more often etc. Can you suggest some things she could eat to help put weight on? Many thanks for reading.


  15. DaVita Dietitian Sara said,

    February 28, 2013 @ 5:59 pm

    Here is a link to an earlier post with eating tips: http://blogs.davita.com/kidney-diet-tips/?p=1226
    I also recommend this article on DaVita.com: Getting enough Nutrition for People with Kidney Disease

  16. epablo said,

    July 14, 2013 @ 4:58 pm

    Doctors say my moms potassium is too high. Is there any milk subtitute that’s low in potassium but has a good amount of calcium?

  17. DaVita Dietitian Sara said,

    July 25, 2013 @ 1:25 pm

    Almond Breeze makes an almond-coconut milk with 45% DRI for calcium. It’s fortified with calcium carbonate. Potassium is 180 mg per cup, about half the potassium content of a cup of milk.

  18. doris said,

    November 8, 2013 @ 7:48 pm

    What about Kirkland (Costco) brand soy milk? Do you know the phosphorous and potassium content of this milk?

  19. DaVita Dietitian Sara said,

    December 16, 2013 @ 3:57 pm

    No, unfortunately I do not shop at Costco and do not have access to this product. Many food manufacturers will provide nutrient information upon request. Be sure to specify you need potassium and phosphorus content.

  20. carol fickes said,

    July 30, 2014 @ 9:02 am

    My son is in esrd and is on a low potassium low phosphorus diet. He has dialysis 3 times week. What would be the best milk alternative for him. I am running out of items for him to eat that he enjoys. Thank you

  21. Jeanie Singleton said,

    February 25, 2015 @ 11:45 pm

    I am confused. My husband was told to go on a low potassium, low sodium diet for kidney problems by a nephrologist. In the store the So Delicious coconut non-dairy beverage as having only 65 mg potassium in a one cup serving as opposed to 140 mg in 1 cup of milk, but it looks like most places coconut products are to be avoided though lower in potassium than rice milk and almond milk. How do I know which product is best for him?

  22. Izaak said,

    April 10, 2015 @ 1:20 am

    Thanks a lot for posting definitely almond milk is better than all other dairy products available on the market these days. I love almond milk and I am greatly fascinated by its health benefits around us.

  23. DaVita Dietitian Sara said,

    July 30, 2015 @ 5:38 pm

    Although coconut and nuts are high in potassium and phosphorus, the milk made from these items contains only about 10% of the amount in the solid food. I know its confusing! But that’s why these milk products are acceptable.

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