Diet for Kidney Failure

The diet for Kidney Failure must include the following components:

  • Carbohydrates: They help to fuel the body with energy. However those who are overweight or those who have diabetes should restrict their carbohydrate intake.
  • Fats: Fats supply the body with calories. Include monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats as these help to protect the arteries.
  • Protein: Usually a low protein diet is recommended before starting dialysis. As the dialysis progresses, you may be advised to consume more protein. High protein foods such as poultry, fish and eggs help to build muscle mass.
Avoid eating large amounts of salt since it leads to fluid retention. Also avoid low-salt substitutes since they may contain high levels of potassium. You also need to monitor your fluid intake if the disease has started progressing or if you are on dialysis. To avoid becoming thirsty you can limit your intake of salty foods. 
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