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                ietary treatment is an important aspect of care for all patients with kidney
               disease. It is necessary to meet with your dietician to discuss individual needs
        Dfor your renal diet.
           The following information will give you an overview of a renal diet, prior to dialysis,
        and also what to expect when you commence dialysis. You will be informed by the
        dietician when it is necessary to commence this diet. All patients have different
        dietary needs, so it is important to start this diet only under the guidance of the
           A healthy balanced diet contains correct amounts of protein, carbohydrate, fat,
        vitamins and minerals. It is important that your diet is balanced and varied to keep
        you in optimum health.

             Some of the main functions of the kidney that relate to the diet include:
             ● Excretion of waste products;
             ● Control of fluid volume in the body;
             ● Control of blood pressure.                                                           DIETARY ADVICE FOR KIDNEY PATIENTS

           When food and drinks are consumed, our bodies use what is needed and the rest
        is turned into waste products which can be excreted as urine. When your kidneys are
        not working properly, these waste products can build-up in your blood and cause
        complications, which will be discussed in the following sections.

                                                                   FOODS TO ENJOY

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