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March 26, 2014

Updated: Online tools for the kidney diet

Today I am re-posting an earlier  post on online tools and resources. I plan to follow this post with a series  to help you learn about the new features and get started using DaVita Diet Helper to easily plan meals and track nutrients for your kidney diet.

Online tools for the kidney diet

Knowing what to eat on a kidney diet can be complicated, so it’s good to know you can go online for helpful tools and education. DaVita.com offers education about kidney diseasedialysis treatments as well as an entire section on the chronic kidney diet, including hundreds of kidney-friendly recipes. Whether you’re pre-dialysis, on hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis (PD), you’ll find articles to help explain the kidney diet for where you are and healthy recipes that you can enjoy.

Welcome to DaVita Diet Helper

Besides educational articles, DaVita.com offers the DaVita Diet Helper to help you plan your meals and keep track of your kidney diet. This invaluable tool was recently  updated with new features and functions. If you haven’t used DaVita Diet Helper recently, sign in on your computer, tablet or smart phone and check out the new look. Use it to plan meals, download DaVita suggested menus, create your own recipes and meals, create your own database of favorite foods, and track your daily food intake to see how close you are to your goals for potassium, phosphorus, sodium and protein.  Now you can access all the DaVita.com recipes directly in DaVita Diet Helper to easily build meals around your favorite recipes. Over the next several months I’ll show you these new features and how to use DaVita Diet Helper on the Kidney Diet Tips blog.

In addition to DaVita Diet Helper, checkout the Food Analyzer that helps you manage your kidney diet by finding values for 13 nutrients including potassium and phosphorus. You can also try the Phosphorus Challenge to learn about the important role phosphorus plays in the kidney diet. The Phosphorus Challenge includes games, quizzes, polls, articles, videos, recipes and more.

Whether or not you have a renal dietitian to help you with your renal diet, you can rely on DaVita.com for online tools to help you navigate the kidney diet.

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March 21, 2014

Tips for keeping a healthy potassium level

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Potassium is a mineral that keeps your heart beating at a normal rhythm as well as controlling the body’s other muscles. Therefore, because people with kidney failure can’t effectively eliminate excess potassium, it is usually limited on the dialysis diet. So how does someone on the dialysis diet keep potassium at a healthy level?

Generally, people on peritoneal dialysis are able to eat as they normally would because the peritoneal dialysis treatments are performed daily. People on home hemodialysis usually do dialysis treatments 5-6 times a week, making it easier to keep a normal potassium. People who are on in-center hemodialysis generally have 3 treatments a week, leaving more time for potassium levels to rise between treatments. Instruction on how to better control their potassium through the hemodialysis diet is helpful in keeping normal potassium.

People with chronic kidney disease who are not on dialysis may experience high potassium levels. Learning about which foods in their usual diet have the most potassium and making some adjustments can help keep potassium in the normal range.

 

 

Some tips for managing potassium include: 

Following these tips can help people on dialysis keep their potassium at a healthy level.

Kidney diet resources from DaVita.com

 

March 12, 2014

March Celebration and Awareness: Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day and World Kidney Day

Registered DietitianHappy Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day to the thousands of dedicated nutrition professionals committed to improving nutritional status and health in communities and individuals.

Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) are experts at translating the science of nutrition into practical solutions you can apply toward living healthy. Their nutrition expertise helps guide individuals to make positive lifestyle choices through healthy food choices, exercise and life balance. RDNs work in hospitals, health clinics, long-term care facilities, fitness centers, schools and universities, grocery stores, research, private practice and dialysis centers. With over 1,700 renal dietitians, DaVita, a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. is the employer of choice for one of the largest renal dietitian groups in the USA, and now expanding to include international dietitians.

If you have a special dietitian, take a moment to recognize them by sending an E-Card, a phone call or email message today. The theme celebrated throughout National Nutrition Month® in March is “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right”, a focus on how to combine taste and nutrition to create and embrace healthy meals today and every day.

For people with diabetes and chronic kidney disease or those on dialysis, a dietitian who specializes in renal nutrition is an invaluable resource to help set up an individualized eating plan and provide education on nutrition for kidney patients. The best ways to find a dietitian are through a doctor referral or go to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website to find a dietitian by location and specialty.

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 In addition to National Nutrition Month, March is also National Kidney Month and tomorrow is World Kidney Day, a worldwide recognition of kidney disease and the need to identify those at risk. There are three simple things you can do tomorrow to participate:

1.       Start your day by drinking a glass of water, a symbolic gesture to recognize the importance of healthy kidneys.

2.       Go to DaVita.com and take the Kidney Disease Risk Quiz to learn about your risk for kidney disease.

3.       Attend the World Kidney Day Google+ Hangout at 8:30 PT/11:30 ET on March 13th for a 30-minute session dedicated to global kidney disease awareness.

Share these events with family and friends, and join me in celebrating Registered Dietitian Nutritionists and increasing kidney disease awareness throughout the month of March.

Kidney diet resources from DaVita.com

 

February 10, 2014

Kidney Diet Double Ps -Potassium and Phosphorus

SONY DSCPeople on dialysis have heard more than once to watch their phosphorus and potassium consumption on the kidney diet. When it comes to Potassium, Phosphorus and the Dialysis Diet, this may be the biggest challenge for many dialysis patients. First, remembering the difference between the two Ps. Read more…

January 23, 2014

Online tools for the kidney diet

Knowing what to eat on a kidney diet can be complicated, so it’s good to know you can go online for helpful tools and education. DaVita.com offers education about kidney disease, dialysis treatments as well as an entire section on the chronic kidney diet, including hundreds of kidney-friendly recipes. Whether you’re pre-dialysis, on hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis (PD), you’ll find articles to help explain the kidney diet for where you are and healthy recipes that you can enjoy.

Welcome to DaVita Diet HelperBesides educational articles, DaVita.com offers the DaVita Diet Helper to help you plan your meals and keep track of your kidney diet. This invaluable tool was recently  updated with new features and functions. If you haven’t used DaVita Diet Helper recently, sign in on your computer, tablet or smart phone and check out the new look. Use it to plan meals, download DaVita suggested menus, create your own recipes and meals, create your own database of favorite foods, and track your daily food intake to see how close you are to your goals for potassium, phosphorus, sodium and protein.  Now you can access all the DaVita.com recipes directly in DaVita Diet Helper to easily build meals around your favorite recipes. Over the next several months I’ll show you these new features and how to use DaVita Diet Helper on the Kidney Diet Tips blog. Read more…

January 8, 2014

2014 Trends for Kidney Diets

iStock_000027651101XSmallA new year represents new beginnings, reflections on the past, resolutions, changes, and a positive outlook on what the future will bring. For people with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and those on dialysis, 2014 will bring even more focus to quality of food and nutrition selections, an aspect many renal dietitians already embrace and continue to incorporate into their practice.

In my quest to create helpful resources and tools for people and families dealing with kidney diets, I like to imagine possibilities for the future.  Today I’m sharing eight kidney diet and nutrition trends I predict will continue to gain momentum this year and into the future. Read more…

December 20, 2013

Favorite Holiday Cookie Recipes-a Sweet Kidney Diet Tip

holiday cookiesFive days until Christmas, which means you have time to make some of your favorite holiday cookies. Imagine the aroma of fresh baked cookies filling the house! I’ve selected 5 of my favorite holiday cookie recipes from the DaVita kidney-friendly recipe collection. In addition, consider these 5 reasons to make a batch of cookies Biscottitoday! Read more…

November 25, 2013

5 Kidney-Friendly Diet Tips to a Healthy Thanksgiving

By guest blogger DaVita dietitian Susan Lupackino, MHS, RD, LDN

DaVitaTurkeyRoast-6021I love this time of year. Falling leaves are turning beautiful shades of red, orange, brown, gold and yellow. Farmers’ markets are selling seasonal pumpkins and winter squash, coffee shops are serving spiced coffee and tea, and there’s a cool, brisk, and invigorating nip in the air. Apple Pie and Cornbread Muffins are baking in the oven and the swirl of colors and smells come together to make Fall a magical season. Read more…

November 22, 2013

Preparing for a Kidney-friendly Thanksgiving

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This weekend many of us are pulling out favorite recipes, making our grocery list and planning for Thanksgiving Day celebration. For kidney patients, having foods that limit sodium, phosphorus and potassium (if restricted) is vital to staying on track and feeling good throughout the holiday season.

Take advantage of the kidney-friendly holiday recipes on DaVita.com. Start by downloading the DaVita Kidney Diet Delights holiday cookbook, a fabulous collection of holiday recipes.

Revisit our past Thanksgiving Kidney Diet Tips and look for new holiday tips coming early next week.

Happy Thanksgiving shopping!

DaVita Dietitian Sara

Kidney diet resources from DaVita.com

 

November 19, 2013

Why are phosphorus binders important?

iStock_000011386435XSmall-pillsPhosphorus is a mineral necessary to maintain good health; however, people with chronic kidney disease who are on dialysis are not able to eliminate excess phosphorus efficiently. High phosphorus levels can lead to heart disease, brittle bones, itchy skin and other complications so a low phosphorus diet as well as phosphorus binders are prescribed to help block some of the phosphorus consumed in foods. Read more…

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