Can Diet Changes Slow the Progression of Kidney Disease?

Should you change your diet when you are first diagnosed with any early stage of kidney disease? What foods can contribute to kidney disease or help maintain your existing kidney function? How can understanding your lab values help? Registered dietitian Beth Shanaman​ and nutrition & fitness manager Katy Wilkens​, MS, RD, share insights into these issues and their diet recommendations when you are diagnosed with kidney disease. by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has a search tool where you can find a renal dietitian. Enter your zip code then click the “Specialty” for a list of disease specialties, then click the check box for “Kidney Disease and Renal” to view a list of renal dietitians. Find a dietitian at

Also listen to this podcast about the stages of kidney disease: Understanding the Five Stages of Kidney Disease

Note: A mention was made in this podcast about using cooking sherry. Be cautious when using cooking sherry as it does contain sodium.

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Hosted By Lori Hartwell

Lori Hartwell is the Founder & President of Renal Support Network (RSN) and the host of KidneyTalk®, a radio podcast show. Lori was diagnosed with kidney disease at the age of two. In 1993 she founded RSN to instill “health, happiness and hope” into the lives of those affected by chronic kidney disease. Lori is also the author of the inspirational book Chronically Happy: Joyful Living in Spite of Chronic Illness and is a four-time kidney transplant recipient.

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