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What exactly is a renal diet?
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Rishi Kumar
Anesthesiology
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In brief: Protein/Fluid Limits
The kidney is responsible for excreting waste and maintaining an electrolyte balance.
Patients with kidney disease can have a decreased capacity to do the aforementioned, so "renal diets" are focused on limiting proteins (which are metabolized into kidney-excreted wastes like urea), fluids, and electrolyte fluctuations. This is analogous to "diabetic diets" controlling blood glucose fluctuations.

In brief: Protein/Fluid Limits
The kidney is responsible for excreting waste and maintaining an electrolyte balance.
Patients with kidney disease can have a decreased capacity to do the aforementioned, so "renal diets" are focused on limiting proteins (which are metabolized into kidney-excreted wastes like urea), fluids, and electrolyte fluctuations. This is analogous to "diabetic diets" controlling blood glucose fluctuations.
Rishi Kumar
Rishi Kumar
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Dr. Laurence Green
Bariatrics
In brief: Protect your kidneys
A renal diet is one that is designed to limit some foods (and other nutrients) that can be hard on the kidneys.
If you have reduced kidney function, certain breakdown products from foods cannot be processed properly and can cause a dangerous build up of substances that a normal kidney would get rid of. Cannot be more specific in this limited space.

In brief: Protect your kidneys
A renal diet is one that is designed to limit some foods (and other nutrients) that can be hard on the kidneys.
If you have reduced kidney function, certain breakdown products from foods cannot be processed properly and can cause a dangerous build up of substances that a normal kidney would get rid of. Cannot be more specific in this limited space.
Dr. Laurence Green
Dr. Laurence Green
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