To start this activity, click Begin at the bottom of this pageDietary Interventions for Treating Progressive Chronic Kidney Disease

Release Date: October 2013

Expiration Date: October 2014

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Estimated time to complete the educational activity: 1 hour

This activity is jointly sponsored by Medical Education Resources and Haymarket Medical Education.

Statement of Need: Current therapy for progressive chronic kidney disease (CKD) includes interventions such as blood pressure control, the use of ACE inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers, and control of diabetes mellitus. Although these interventions may slow loss of renal function, none of them are able to reliably halt it. Thus, additional complementary interventions must be explored in order to lower the high incidence and prevalence of end-stage renal disease.

Target Audience: This activity has been designed to meet the needs of nephrologists and supporting clinicians who treat patients with chronic kidney disease.

Educational Objectives: After completing the activity, the participant should be better able to:

  • Identify differing types of dietary interventions available for managing progressive CKD.
  • Discuss the advantages of supplemented very low protein diets in CKD patients.
  • Evaluate various ways of manipulating protein intake in CKD patients.

Accreditation Statement: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of Medical Education Resources (MER) and Haymarket Medical Education. MER is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation: Medical Education Resources designates this enduring materialfor a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the creditcommensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest: Medical Education Resources ensures balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all our educational programs. In accordance with this policy, MER identifies conflicts of interest with its instructors, content managers, and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of an activity. Conflicts are resolved by MER to ensure all scientific research referred to, reported, or used in a CME activity conforms to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis. MER is committed to providing its learners with high-quality CME activities that promote improvements or quality in health care and not a commercial interest.

The faculty reported the following financial relationships with commercial interests whose products or services may be mentioned in this CME activity:

Name of Faculty Reported Financial Relationship
Csaba P. Kovesdy, MD

Grants/Research Support: Shire

Royalty/Patent Holder: UpToDate

Consulting Fees: Amgen

The content managers, Jody A. Charnow and Marina Galanakis, of Haymarket Medical Education, and the content manager at Medical Education Resources, have disclosed that they have no relevant financial relationships or conflicts of interest.

Method of Participation: There are no fees for participating in and receiving CME credit for this activity. During the period October 2013 through October 2014, participants must: 1) read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures, 2) study the educational activity, 3) complete the posttest and submit it online. Physicians may register at, and 4) complete the evaluation form online.

A statement of credit will be issued only upon receipt of a completed activity evaluation form and a completed post-test with a score of 70% or better.