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August 8, 2013

CMS Dialysis Cuts: What It Means for Patients

Advocacy highlighted in yellowIf you are a patient receiving dialysis treatments, a family member or caregiver of a dialysis patient, or an active member of the kidney care community, this post has an important message and request for your help. Read more…

February 27, 2013

Kidney Diet Tips on Phosphate Additives – Your Great Phosphorus Saver (G.P.S.) Guide

DaVita Dietitian Julia from Ohio is today’s guest blogger with some great kidney diet tips about phosphorus.

Phosphorus by the Numbers

  • 250 mg to 1,000 mg of phosphorus is the amount removed in a dialysis treatment
  • 800 mg to 1000 mg of phosphorus per day is the typical daily target for a low phosphorus kidneydiet
  • 85% of fast food entrees and side dishes contain phosphate additives
  • 28% to 100% – a recent review of frozen chicken products revealed that the frozen chicken contained 28% to 100% more phosphorus than unenhanced fresh or frozen chicken.
  • 40% to 60% of the phosphorus that NATURALLY occurs in foods is absorbed into the bloodstream.
  • 90% to 100% of the phosphorus that is ADDED to foods, as a food additive, is absorbed into the bloodstream.
  • 100% of dialysis patients will benefit from avoiding foods with phosphate additives!

Just knowing that because your kidneys cannot remove phosphorus you need to avoid phosphate additives is the first step.  Knowing where these additives are found and how to avoid them is the all important next step.  Think of this article as your G.P.S. for phosphorus additives (G.P.S. – “great phosphorus saver”). Read more…

June 29, 2011

Cool & easy summer time eating on a kidney diet

Summer heat, humidity + kitchen heat = discomfort making meals instead of enjoyment. You can enjoy a kidney-friendly summer time meal for a dialysis or chronic kidney disease diet plan. Follow these few suggestions and try some quick, easy no cook recipes from DaVita’s collection of over 700 kidney diet recipes. Read more…

June 16, 2011

Sprouts: a health food linked to acute kidney failure and dialysis

When you read about causes of kidney failure, diabetes, high blood pressure and polycystic kidney disease are most likely mentioned. Rarely do you see E. coli infection listed. If predictions are right, this may be changing due to a hyper virulent strain of E. coli. In Germany this month, Enterohemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC), a strain of harmful toxin-producing bacteria, caused over 2500 people to become ill; over 800 of them experienced a complication called hemolytic uremia syndrome (HUS), which affects the kidneys, blood and nervous system. Over 100 people will require lifelong dialysis or kidney transplant due to the infection, and at least 36 people have died. Bean sprouts from an organic farm in northern Germany were identified as the source of the E. coli bacteria. Read more…

November 6, 2009

Kidney dialysis night time treatment choice helps increase protein nutrition and decrease phosphorus

A recent study by DaVita dietitian Debbie Benner, MA, RD and collaborators reveals that changing to nocturnal dialysis may make it easier for dialysis patients to eat enough protein and keep phosphorus normal. A poster about the study was recently presented at the American Society of Nephology national meeting in San Diego. Read more…

August 7, 2009

Renagel® phosphorus binder for dialysis patients replaced by newer version of the drug

The pharmaceutical company Genzyme announced Renagel®, a phosphate binding medication widely used throughout the US, will no longer be distributed in the US after September 30th.  A newer binder called Renvela® will replace Renagel®.  One advantage of the newer drug is Read more…

December 12, 2008

Holiday eating on a low potassium diet for kidney patients

‘Tis the season to be jolly…and to face a new set of holiday diet challenges. For people with chronic kidney disease or dialysis patients, knowing what to eat and when to be cautious while following a low potassium diet is extremely important. High potassium levels are dangerous and could cause the heart and nerves to stop working properly.

Here are some important things to know and do Read more…

April 23, 2008

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