Chef Duane Sunwold shares the importance of prioritizing nutrition for kidney health
Nobody could have prepared me for the life-changing diagnosis I received 20 years ago. Kidney diseases, including my diagnoses of minimal change disease (MCD) and focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), do not run in my family. Like many newly diagnosed patients, I worked closely with my medical team on strategies to help manage my condition. After exploring various treatments for 18 months, we discussed how dietary changes could benefit my kidney health.
Navigating Nutrients: Helpful vs Harmful Potassium
Many of my favorite foods just so happen to be among the highest potassium foods you can eat: ripe bananas; sweet potatoes that are perfectly slow-baked until their inside melts like butter and tastes like honey; butternut squash soups of any variety; and just-ripened avocados, whether they’re sliced up in a sandwich, chopped into a salad or crushed into guacamole.
Vaccinating Dialysis Patients and Healthcare Personnel
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