- Understanding Chronic Kidney Disease
- Kidney Disease Stages
- What Is a Nephrologist?
- What to Expect with CKD
- Kidney Disease Management
- Understanding Acute Kidney Injury
- How Kidneys Work
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Managing Your DietManaging Your Diet
Talking With Your Dietitian
Along with your doctor, your renal dietitian (renal refers to kidney) is the most important person guiding your nutritional health. Dietitians are registered with the Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and have special training and work experience to help people living with chronic kidney disease.
Take the time to talk openly with your dietitian about your eating habits and wishes. They’re not there to tell you what you can’t have. They want to help you have foods you enjoy—and stay healthy. The role of your renal dietitian is to review your labs, understand your dietary needs and create a meal plan that shows you all the wonderful, smart options that are still on the table.
Dietitians are not the food police
If you're having trouble sticking with your meal plan or have indulged a bit too much by eating certain foods, tell your dietitian. He or she is there to support you and adjust things so you find it easier to stay on course. Your success is their success, too.
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