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Kidney Disease and a Renal Diet

Article submitted by Chef Thomas Burke, owner and star of You’re Home in-home dining services. Thomas can be reached at 720-210-8763.

Denver, Colorado - Everybody is born with two kidneys. They are bean-shaped and about the size of a fist. They are located in the middle of your back, on the left and right of your spine, just below your rib cage.

The kidneys are filters for your blood, removing wastes and extra water to make pee. They also help control your blood pressure and make hormones that your body needs to stay healthy. When the kidneys are damaged, wastes can build up in the body.

Kidney function may be reduced as you get older. Each kidney contains about a million tiny filtering units made up of blood vessels. As the kidneys age, the number of filtering units in the kidney may decrease, the overall amount of kidney tissue may decrease; the blood vessels that supply the kidney may harden, causing the kidneys to filter blood more slowly.

Kidney disease means the kidneys are damaged and can no longer remove wastes and extra water from the blood as they should. Kidney disease is most often caused by diabetes or high blood pressure.

You can’t feel it if you have kidney disease and only a doctor can determine this through blood and urine tests. If you have diabetes or high blood pressure, it could factor into kidney disease.

Foods that are high in protein and phosphorus found in meats, fish, poultry, dairy products, nuts and some grains, helps your body form muscle, bone and tissue. But when your kidneys are not working well, wastes can build up in your blood. This can make your kidneys work harder. In all cases of chronic kidney disease, it's crucial to avoid malnutrition. Phosphorus is a mineral found mostly in dairy products and meats. Your body uses it to form strong bones and teeth. But starting in the moderate, earlier stages of Chronic Kidney Disease, your kidneys begin to lose the ability to remove extra phosphorus and protein wastes from your body. If you are on a dialysis treatment, then a healthy diet is needed to maintain your body’s needs, especially after treatment.

Even if you are not hungry, it is important to eat and keep good nutrition. Well-nourished people with kidney disease stay healthier and live longer. As kidney function drops, you may notice that protein foods, such as eggs, meat, chicken and fish lose their appeal, or even taste funny. You need calories and quality protein to feel your best. We, at You’re Home can help you eat a balanced diet when you have been diagnosed with kidney problems. You don’t have to worry about eating for your health, just give us a call.

More about You’re Home in-home dining services.

You’re Home is a sole proprietorship stared by Chef Thomas Burke to serve seniors at home. Thomas has been involved with senior dining for many years and felt that the business of senior services had become just that, business. Thomas wants to bring the service back into the lives of those who need or desire it the most.

You’re Home prepares fresh, wholesome meals in your own kitchen or can prepare them in You’re Home’s kitchen and deliver them to you. All this is done with the client’s lifestyle in mind and an awareness of the different nutritional needs as we age. Thomas’ desires to see seniors stay independent and remain in their own homes as long as possible, and eating good nutritious food should not be the reason to have to move.

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Posted April 2013 on