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Kidney / Renal Disease

The kidneys help remove waste products from the body. When the kidneys aren’t working properly waste products build up and cause symptoms like appetite and taste changes, sickness and nausea, loss of energy, itching and shortness of breath. What the body needs to sustain itself is affected by treatment e.g. dialysis. Because of the symptoms and treatment, and other changes in the body, it can be hard to eat and drink enough nutrients to meet the body’s needs and so many people with kidney disease lose weight without meaning to.

As a result, people with kidney disease have special dietary needs. They may need less of some nutrients like sodium, potassium, phosphorus or fluid (because the kidneys are not removing these properly) and more of others like protein, energy and some vitamins. Getting the balance right may be difficult if appetite is poor and so nutrition support in the form of a high energy drink or tube feed may be needed.

Ordinary nutrition support products may be used or specialist products that meet these specific needs e.g. low in sodium, potassium or phosphorus; high in energy and protein; and low in fluid. Individually tailored advice from a dietitian is needed.

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