Question: My mom was just told by her primary doctor that she has early signs of kidney failure but she still has not seen the specialist he recommended for her. They said it would take two weeks. I was wanting to know what would be the best diet for her, she is a diabetic.
Doctor: Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure in the world. There is no cure for kidney failure recently, but we can slow its progression to end stage kidney disease. You said your mother has early signs of kidney failure, if her illness is controlled timely, it is possibly reversible.
There goes a saying, “You are what you eat.” Proper diet can not only provide the nutrition you need, but also alleviate your symptoms. In ancient China, there are various diet therapies. For people with early stage of Diabetic Nephropathy, there are general recommendations. If you would like an individualized diet plan, please email your test report to firstname.lastname@example.org.
-Choose high-fiber and slow-release carbohydrates. Carbohydrates have a big impact on blood sugar levels. High-fiber and slow-release carbohydrates are digested more slowly, thus preventing your body from producing too much insulin. They also provide lasting energy and help you stay full longer. You can try brown rice, sweet potatoes, cauliflower mash, leaf greens, high-fiber breakfast cereal, etc.
-Eat a healthful type of protein at most meals, such as fish, lean meat, skinless chicken. They are high quality protein which produce less wastes and will not increase the burden on kidneys.
-Lessen the intake of sodium properly. Too much sodium will cause swelling and high blood pressure.
-Take vegetables and fruits with high vitamins. They can boost immune system and help you fight with various disease.
Diet plays an important role in treating disease, but it can not take the place of medication. Hope your mother recover soon. If you still have questions, please contact us.