Living with Kidney Failure

This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series Renal Diet

Living with Kidney Failure

What You Should and Shouldn’t Eat

Living With Kidney FailureLiving with Kidney Failure can be difficult when it comes to food choices. Being diagnosed with renal failure can be a tough pill to swallow. Aside from its implications to your health, it can also limit you from living life to the fullest.

One of the most common concerns patients with renal failure have involve their diet. Because what you eat and drink can greatly affect your health status, it’s essential that you keep your food list in check.

Here are a few insights on managing your diet when living with kidney failure:

Keep track of the nutrients you consume.

Reading food labels and nutrition facts can give you a clearer idea of your nutritional intake. These lists will help you determine how much carbohydrates, protein, fats and calories you consume in every meal.


When there’s too much protein in your body, the tendency of your kidneys is to work harder. If the stress gets so high, there’s a good chance that your organs will further deteriorate. Depending on the severity of your condition and to avoid aggravating it, your doctor may recommend you to adjust your protein intake or to find another source.

Low protein food includes fruits, vegetables and rice. High protein sources, on the other hand, include red meat and fish.


Carbohydrates are what your body uses for energy. Although essential, consuming too much of this food type, particularly if you have diabetes, is strongly discouraged. Foods to avoid from this category include sugar, soft drinks and other carbonated drinks.


Patients with kidney failure are advised to keep their weight in check. As obesity can magnify your health problems, you may be required to limit your calorie intake. This limitation will depend upon your ideal weight, age, gender as well as activity level.


Not all fats are bad for you. In fact, the good ones are essential to keep you healthy. The good fats include olive and peanut oil. The bad ones, on the other hand, include the saturated fats like butter and lard. Too much of these bad oils can predispose you to gain weight and several heart issues.

Keep your meal proportions in check.

Aside from nutrients, it’s also a must that you check the amount of food you consume. You can learn more about food proportions and serving sizes by reading labels. For fresh fruits and vegetables that don’t typically include such information, you can always ask your dietitian.

To avoid going beyond your recommended intake, it can help if you can be more mindful when you eat. Chewing slowly as well as avoiding distractions, such as watching TV, can help you be more in control of your food. It’s also a good for your kidneys if you can section your food before serving it to avoid eating more than you’re supposed to.

Living with Kidney Failure means watching the food you eat and this can be challenging in our society.

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