Your diet plays a big part in kidney health. Those with improperly functioning kidneys can do a lot to ease the burden with some simple dietary changes.
Des Moines, IA (PRWEB) April 18, 2013
With over 4-million American adults diagnosed with kidney disease every year, it is now the eighth highest cause of death in the US. Because kidneys are responsible for filtering the blood and removing excess waste, when they aren't working well, we are at risk for hypertension, heart attack, and stroke.
Mom’s Meals, which provides home delivered meals for people with some renal disease, provides insights on how to determine if you are at risk for kidney disease, and some tips for what to do about it now.
First, ask these questions:
- Do you have unexpected weight loss or gain?
- Do you need to urinate more often than normal, especially at night?
- Do you have swollen feet or ankles?
- Do you have puffiness around the eyes?
- Do you suffer from muscle cramps at night?
- Are you over the age of 60?
- What is your ethnic background? African American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, or Pacific Islander?
- Do you have heart disease?
- Do you have diabetes?
- Do you have high blood pressure?
If you answered “yes” to even one, you could be at increased risk for renal disease. And if you answered “yes” to more than one, you may be at higher risk. If you have high blood pressure or diabetes, the risk factor goes up even further, as these are the leading causes of kidney disease.
What can you do?
Start by consulting your physician. With a few simple tests, doctors can determine if your kidneys are at all compromised, or at risk for disease, and then suggest a treatment plan to help keep kidneys healthy and functioning properly.
“Diet plays a big part in kidney health. Those with improperly functioning kidneys can do a lot to ease the burden with some simple dietary changes,” says Elizabeth Elliot, Registered Dietitian for Mom’s Meals.
Those at risk for kidney disease need to be careful about potassium, phosphorus, and fluid intake. How limited these need to be will depend on the severity of the kidney disease, and are best determined by your doctor or a renal dietitian.
“Changing the diet to fit the needs of kidney disease can be a challenge, especially for those with limited mobility, and those who may not have access to a great variety of foods,” said Elliott. “But Mom’s Meals has made it easy with new renal-friendly meals delivered right to the door.”
The Mom’s Meals renal-friendly menu provides options that encourage kidney health, with limited potassium and phosphorus.
Mom’s Meals is dedicated to providing fresh-made, nutritious, home meal delivery to customers nationwide, specializing in senior and patient care for over a dozen years. The company prepares, packages, and ships ready-to-heat and eat meals directly to a customer’s door, delivered anywhere in the United States, including meals for those with heart-healthy, gluten-free, vegetarian, renal and diabetic diets.