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Kidney-Friendly Diets | Slowing the Progression of CKD

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A divided plate ready to be filled with suggested serving sizes: 3-5 ounces protein (about the size of your palm), half cup fruits and veggies (size of cupped hand), 1 cup breads and grains (size of a closed fist), and fluid serving of 4 ounces.

Help patients become comfortable supporting their health with encouraging and straightforward instruction on how to adhere to a kidney-friendly diet. Patient-facing resources from Fresenius Kidney Care are easy to browse and understand. The various aspects of kidney disease and dietary guidance are broken down into manageable portions, with a focus on prevention and slowing disease progression. Patients can access kidney-friendly recipes, meal-planning tips, specialty or comorbidity diets, and much more, including:

Fresenius Kidney Care’s popular cookbooks and online library of recipes offer real-world inspiration for creating meals that fit into a kidney-friendly diet.

Additionally, Fresenius Kidney Care provides a free kidney disease education class to help newly diagnosed patients learn about basic kidney health and treatment options. This overview class can be delivered in person, via video, by phone with a Kidney Care Advocate (KCA), or as a self-paced online course. KCAs work closely with physicians to act as a point of contact to help educate and support patients. Course content covers symptoms and stages of CKD, eating well on a kidney-friendly diet, treatment options, holistic information about kidney disease, and available resources.

Direct and Easily Digestible Information Goes a Long Way

Patients can and should be educated on the importance of eating well at every stage, but earlier intervention is most effective at slowing the progression of CKD. Sharing valuable resources about kidney-friendly diets and stressing the importance of supporting health through nutrition can help your patients achieve better outcomes and feel healthier for longer.



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