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Diet Options for Stage 4 Kidney Failure

2013-10-01 16:25

Diet Options for Stage 4 Kidney FailureKidney function is severely decreased to only 15-29 percent of normal function in stage 4 kidney failure. The diet goals at this stage should help minimize symptoms and help maintain adequate nutrient intake to prevent weight loss and malnutrition. Also some foods can improve kidney function. Now follow us to learn more about diet options for stage 4 kidney failure.

Let’s firstly talk about the protein and stage 4 kidney failure. A protein intake of 0.6g per kg of body weight may be beneficial when glomerular filtration rate drops below 25, or approximately 25% remaining kidney function. Lower-protein diet also brings the risk of protein malnutrition. Half of your protein should come from high-quality sources like eggs, milk, poultry, seafood, red meats, etc that provide all the essential amino acids.

If kidneys are not able to remove enough potassium to maintain normal blood levels in stage 4 kidney failure, you will need to limit high-potassium foods such as bananas, legumes, avocado, cantaloupe and honeydew melon, potatoes, pumpkin and winter squash and so on.

Based on your lab results for phosphorus, calcium and PTH, your stage 4 kidney failure diet may include a phosphorus restriction of 800-1,000mg daily. High-phosphorus foods to limit include cheese, chocolate, ice cream, legumes, seeds, yogurt, etc.

Patients with stage 4 kidney failure may need to limit the amount of liquids if signs of fluid retention like swelling in the feet, hands and face, sudden weight gain, shortness of breath and high blood pressure, etc appear.

What is more, some healthy foods to improve kidney function include apples, beans, whole grains, garlic, etc.

If patients want to avoid dialysis and kidney transplant efficiently, only these diet options for stage 4 kidney failure are not enough. However, if you are not sure whether you can eat some certain foods or you are interested in other natural treatment options for stage 4 kidney failure, feel free to leave us a message below or email to, we are glad to help.

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