The RenalTracker Team
February 19, 2019

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Kidney dieting is a very effective way to manage renal diseases, without the need for medication or any other form of treatment. It helps you control your food portioning and ease up on certain nutrients that, if too much is taken in, may pose a threat to those little bean bags of yours.

But you may still have some reservations about renal dieting.

It may come as a big move – a lifestyle change of (slightly) epic proportions. However, since you suffer from chronic kidney disease, it’s the step you must take.

Nevertheless, these questions might be troubling you as well…

Will it really work for me?

Well, it’s like this...

Renal dieting is not some panacea – a cure-all – or a magic wand that could whisk away all your kidney troubles with a swish and a flick. It takes self-discipline, and a strong drive to stick to the regimen and control the urges to eat unhealthy junk.

That said, all the testimonials and expert advice you see on the internet or from renal diet books, will mean nothing to you if you don’t act on them. They merely give you the information; the action must come from you.

Sure, it’s a meticulous process, and it doesn’t give you immediate results, but remember that a castle is not built overnight. Besides, the long-term rewards far outweigh the means.

So, yes, renal dieting does work. The real question, though: will you make it work for you?

How is it any different from any other known diets?

Some of the more common diets nowadays are:

  • Vegetarian – for those who want to stick to a plant-based diet and the occasional dairy or fish products.

    vs Renal Dieting: There's not much of a difference, other than the facts that:

    (a) kidney dieting isn't strictly "plant only", and;

    (b) dairy products and certain fruits & veggies are usually off-limits to CKD patients.
  • Vegan – for anyone who wants to lay-off of any animal-based consumables, like a vegetarian, but more strict.

    vs Renal Dieting
    This could go well for CKD patients, but then again, there are certain plant-based food items to be avoided, especially those rich in sodium, potassium, and phosphorus.
  • Mediterranean – focuses on the eating habits of people from the island of Crete in Greece, southern Italy, Spain, and Portugal.

    vs Renal Dieting:
    Recent studies show that this diet can reduce the risk of CKD and help kidney disease patients.

    The study, published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, said Minesh Khatri, MD of the Columbia University Medical Center, and her fellow researchers discovered that out of the 900 patients they observed for 7 years, 50% were found to less likely develop CKD and were 42% less likely to experience rapid kidney function decline.
  • South Beach – a diet originally created by Dr. Arthur Agatston, a leading cardiologist and director of the Mount Sinai Cardiac Prevention Center in Miami Beach. This 3-phase diet was originally to improve the insulin and cholesterol levels of his patients.

    vs Renal Dieting:
    Phase 1 of the diet involves protein-rich food items like lean meats, fish, eggs, and vegetables, and this will put more strain on your kidneys.
  • Paleo – a diet of food eaten by early humans, consisting mainly of meat, fish, fruits and vegetables, and excluding processed food and dairy and grain products.

    vs Renal Dieting:
    The exclusion of processed food and dairy products is good news, but again, certain food items in this diet are, for lack of a better term, "dangerous" to CKD patients like you.

Ergo, it's not so much as which diet is better; it’s about which diet your body needs.

Consider this: it would be illogical for a Type-2 diabetes patient to undergo a diet consisting sugar-rich food like sweets, cakes, and more. Unless, of course, you want to suffer in agony for the rest of your life.

That said, you should take into consideration your priorities. Remember that kidney disease makes time work against you. It is very important to plan your meals in relation to the condition you want to manage.

Is it costly to undergo kidney dieting?

In my years of doing private consultations, patients always ask about how much it would cost to do a kidney dieting regimen. Is it expensive?

My answer is always this -- it depends.

It depends on how big of a change you’d like to make, and the stage you’re in.

If you haven’t yet started or has been on-and-off in the past with no consistent results, you will have to make a few changes especially with your grocery list, your nutrition, and your daily activities.

You will have to cut down on the food to avoid -- that will save you money. On the other hand, you will have to buy more of the good food to include in your meal plan -- that might channel some of your food budget.

It all depends on you, really. You need not worry, though; the Kidney Diet Secrets will teach you about the system and guide you with meal planning tools and monitoring sheets.

Whether you’re still working…

...or you may be a pensioner, or someone who lives out of social or fixed-income…

The question really is this -- How much do you value your health? If you think making proactive pre-dialysis dieting is expensive…

Imagine how much it would cost if you become reliant on that dreaded machine for the rest of your life?

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