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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.

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March 14, 2013

World Kidney Day is March 14

World Kidney Day is a time to recognize the extent of kidney disease throughout the world, learn about risk factors and screening for kidney disease and educate ourselves on kidney disease management. Kidney disease is the 8th leading cause of death and over 26 million Americans, or 1 in 10 people over age 20,  have  kidney disease. Many do not even know they are at risk. Some of the questions to ask yourself to measure your risk include:

  • Do I have high blood pressure?
  • Do I have diabetes or am I at risk for developing diabetes?
  • Is there a history of cardiovascular disease in my family or have I been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease?
  • Does anyone in my family have kidney disease?
  • Do I have a history of kidney damage (kidney infections, kidney stones, past kidney trauma or injury,etc.)
  • Am I in a minority group that is at higher risk for kidney disease? (African American, Asian American, Hispanic Americans, Pacific Islanders and Native Americans)
  • Am I over the age of 55?
  • Do I already have a diagnosis of chronic kidney disease?

If you answered yes to the above questions you are at risk for kidney disease. Early screening and treatment can alert you so you can educate yourself and take action to preserve your kidneys.

Go to DaVita.com to take the risk quiz and learn more about kidney disease. For kidney  screenings, you can contact The Kidney TRUST™,  an organization aimed at increasing awareness of kidney disease through public education and testing programs.

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March 9, 2010

World Kidney Day March 11, 2010

Thursday March 11 is World Kidney Day, a time to bring attention to kidney disease awareness, treatment and prevention. I will be participating in Building Bridges to Optimum Health World Kidney Day Los Angeles, a conference at the Holman United Methodist Church—please stop by if you happen to be in the LA area.
For those of you who cannot attend, here are a few highlights from my talk on Nutrition and Kidney Disease.
Kidney disease continues to rise with a strong link to epidemic rates of obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure. Early nutrition intervention can make a difference in preventing and treating these diseases that increase risk for kidney failure.

  • If you are at risk for kidney disease but do not have it yet, follow a DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) to help lower your blood pressure and eat healthier. For more information on DASH diet: www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/hbp/dash/new_dash.pdf
  • If you already have early kidney disease (stage 1-3) focus on controlling blood pressure and diabetes. A low sodium diet, carbohydrate counting, glucose monitoring and daily exercise are recommended. Reduce protein to the Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) 0.8 grams/kg body weight/day and limit high phosphorus foods and phosphate additives to help preserve kidney function. Most Americans eat much more protein in their daily diets. Work with your doctor and dietitian to be sure you eat enough high quality protein to prevent malnutrition.
  •  If you are in stage 4-5 CKD, not on dialysis, you may need to restrict potassium, phosphorus and fluids in addition to sodium. A reduction in protein to help decrease waste build-up in the blood may be prescribed, but maintaining adequate calorie and protein intake to prevent malnutrition is even more important.
  • After starting dialysis there is no need to restrict protein—in fact extra protein is needed to replace losses in the dialysis treatment. Low sodium and low phosphorus are still required. Potassium and fluid restriction depend on the type and frequency of dialysis selected.
  • In addition to the above, focus on consuming healthy fats (omega 3’s from fish, monounsaturated fats from olive and canola oil), high quality, low phosphorus proteins (egg white, fish, lean meats).
  • Eat the rainbow–for good health include colorful fruits and vegetables high in anti-oxidants with anti-inflammatory properties as well as fiber, vitamin C and vitamin E.
  • For successful dietary changes focus on education, family support, variety in meals and commitment to making changes to improve your health.
  • What you eat matters in your health-disease  for chronic disease prevention and treatment
  • Diet goals change with stages of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and dialysis
  • Start making changes now; it will make a difference tomorrow.

Learn more about kidney disease at www.kidneyawarenesstime.org, www.davita.com, www.yourkidneys.com, and www.kidneytrust.org.

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