Renal Nutrition Update

B12 Supplements Ease Inflammation in CKD

B12 Supplements Ease Inflammation in CKD

Elevated levels of Hcy are associated with increased levels of cardiovascular inflammation.

Gluten-Free Diet Helps to Prevent Diabetic Nephropathy

Gluten-Free Diet Helps to Prevent Diabetic Nephropathy

A trial of a gluten-free diet presents no inherent risk for patients starting to exhibit microvascular damage.

Adequate Vitamin D Important for Immunologic Regulation

Adequate Vitamin D Important for Immunologic Regulation

Vitamin D is often recognized for its impact on bone metabolism, but it is also an important regulator of immune function.

High Fat, Low Carb Diet Beneficial for CKD Patients

High Fat, Low Carb Diet Beneficial for CKD Patients

For years, dietary recommendations have focused on reducing saturated fat and its potential sources.

Curbing Fructose Intake May Decrease Elevated Uric Acid

Curbing Fructose Intake May Decrease Elevated Uric Acid

Elevated uric acid levels are associated with increased risks for hypertension, gout, and renal impairment.

Mediterranean Diet Improves Health of CKD Patients

Mediterranean Diet Improves Health of CKD Patients

The Mediterranean diet is getting more attention because of its long-term benefits in terms of overall mortality and CVD risk.

Fish Oil, Omega-3 Improves Blood Lipid Parameters in CKD

Fish Oil, Omega-3 Improves Blood Lipid Parameters in CKD

The benefits of omega-3 (n-3) fatty acids in renal populations were last discussed in this column in 2007.

Zinc Protects Against Inflammation, Malnutrition, and Oxidative Damage

Zinc Protects Against Inflammation, Malnutrition, and Oxidative Damage

Zinc supplementation has been shown to decrease levels of plasma aluminum and reactive oxygen species in dialysis patients.

Ghrelin Offers Good Outcome Measures in CKD

Ghrelin Offers Good Outcome Measures in CKD

Ghrelin is metabolized by the kidney; thus serum levels are elevated in chronic kidney disease populations.

BMI is More Reliable than Leptin Levels in Dialysis Patients

BMI is More Reliable than Leptin Levels in Dialysis Patients

Questions have been raised as to whether leptin has an impact on malnutrition in this population.

When Deciding Dietary Restrictions, Assess Uric Acid Levels

When Deciding Dietary Restrictions, Assess Uric Acid Levels

Foods that may increase gout flare risk are also dietary factors that may promote further kidney decline in individuals with CKD stages 3-5.

Managing Dyslipidemia in CKD can Decrease Risk of Cardiovascular Events

Managing Dyslipidemia in CKD can Decrease Risk of Cardiovascular Events

Dyslipidemia often is a concern in patients with CKD because mortality in this population typically is the result of cardiovascular complications.

Increased Intake of Fruits, Vegetables Lowers Dietary Acid Load

Increased Intake of Fruits, Vegetables Lowers Dietary Acid Load

Age and physical activity have profound effects on the accrual and retention of lean body tissues, but a range of nutritional factors can influence this process.

Low Testosterone Increases Risk of Mortality, Anemia, Reduced ESA Response

Low Testosterone Increases Risk of Mortality, Anemia, Reduced ESA Response

Testosterone deficiency is common in many patients with CKD, but the treatment of this deficiency and associated side effects have not always received much attention.

Dietary Choices by Renal Transplant Recipients and Overall Acid-Base Balance

Dietary Choices by Renal Transplant Recipients and Overall Acid-Base Balance

Metabolic acidosis is a typical concern in renal populations, including renal transplant recipients (RTRs).

Sign Up for Free e-newsletters