When you have
kidney disease, your kidneys are no longer
working as well as they need to. Changing your diet can help protect your
kidneys. It can also help you control other diseases, such as diabetes and high
blood pressure, that can make kidney disease worse.
can give you some general ideas about how to follow the diet your doctor or
Note: These diet tips
are not for you if you are on
dialysis or have had a kidney transplant. Follow the
special diet your doctor gave you.
- Most people who have kidney disease need
to limit salt (sodium), fluids, and protein. Some also have to limit potassium
- There is no one diet that is right for everyone
who has kidney disease. Your doctor or dietitian can tailor a diet for you
based on how well your kidneys are working.
- It may be hard to
change your diet. You may have to give up many foods you like. But it is very
important to make the recommended changes so you can stay healthy for as long
- You need to get enough calories to be healthy and have
energy. If you have a hard time eating enough, talk to your doctor or dietitian
about ways to add calories to your diet.
- Your diet may change
over time as your disease changes. See your doctor for regular testing, and
work with a dietitian to adjust your diet as needed.
How to eat when you have kidney disease