Category Archives: Diet/Nutrition

My labs came back and all levels are ok except my kidney function rate. I am at a 43. I am 46 with auto immune disease and high blood pressure. I am finding conflicting diets online. I am looking for a good renal diet to help improve my function.

The goal of treatment for kidney disease should be to sustain the kidney function that you have. You should know that normal aging results in the loss of kidney function at a rate of about 1% per year beyond age … Continue reading

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Is the diet plan “Golo” safe after transplant?

I am not familiar with the GOLO diet but I did review the fact that they recommend a dietary supplement as part of the diet regimen. This dietary supplement has never been tested in a scientific study with transplant patients … Continue reading

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Do you believe that artificial sweeteners such as Aspartame and Sucralose (Splenda) cause kidney damage and, if so, to what extent do they contribute to kidney disease?

I have not come across any information that artificial sweeteners such as Aspartame or Sucralose are directly toxic to the kidneys. There is some information about these sweeteners actually promoting weight gain and diabetes that is associated with kidney disease. … Continue reading

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I am 71 years old, one kidney (nephrectomy at 36 due to cancer), eGFR bounces between 26-34, Type II diabetic with A1C of 5.8. I have extremely painful leg cramps at night. Can I take magnesium to decrease the cramps without causing kidney damage?

Magnesium is a supplement that should be safe to take and often will relieve some common leg cramps. Magnesium does not cause kidney damage, but if you take too much magnesium, your legs and muscles can become very weak. I … Continue reading

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I have a 9mm stone lodged in my left ureter. Causing me to feel fatigued, nausea, pain in my flank, rash on my ribs, burning urination, and slight headaches. At times I feel a slight throbbing right under the ribs on my higher back. A) I am scheduled for a urologist appointment in 17 days… B) My health insurance coverage kicks in in 15 days… C) I was advised by a Chronic Kidney Stone patient to take up to 50k IU of Vitamin D3 to break the stones. Should I? Is there any validity to that? D) Should I run to the ER? Thanks.

I do not know of any information about vitamin D supplementation causing stones to break or dislodge. I would not recommend this. If you are vitamin D deficient, then vitamin D supplementation could be necessary to prevent future kidney stones, … Continue reading

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Dear sir, urine complete test report pH 7. What is a normal pH in urine?

The urine pH is dependent on dietary factors and the function of the kidney. It changes dependent on what foods or liquids have been taken recently. In most situations, the urine pH is between 5.0 and 6.5 but if the … Continue reading

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Dear Dr. I have proteinuria, chronic (immune origin) mild IgA, not aggressive yet, blood pressure medication 4 mg Atacand reduced the proteins but they are still high up to 240, normal is less than 20 ratio. Question: what is the best supplement can I take to make my kidneys live longer? I stopped smoking one year ago, and practice jogging daily. I also have ulcerative colitis since 2004. I am almost 60, male and believe in curcumine and cranberry to help my kidneys but do not know which supplements or other supplements to select. Please guide me?

I am not aware of any supplements that will further decrease the protein in your urine (proteinuria). If your blood pressure is well controlled and you are otherwise leading a healthy lifestyle, I do not think there is any other … Continue reading

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I’m 18 years old and I have nephrotic syndrome and I also have just one kidney. What future complications can occur?

The nephrotic syndrome is a form of kidney disease that results in loss of excessive protein in the urine and is usually greater than 3.5 grams of protein loss per day. The nephrotic syndrome also results in edema or swelling … Continue reading

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I have acute kidney injury and I am on dialysis. What blood test can show my kidneys can work without dialysis?

The nephrologist who is prescribing your dialysis should be monitoring your serum creatinine, hemoglobin, potassium, bicarbonate level and your daily urine output. Decisions about stopping dialysis often involve reviewing all of this information and sometimes performing a 24 hour urine … Continue reading

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I’ve got HTN that’s not controlled. I’m taking 18 BP pills/day and it’s still high. I had an ultrasound in April that showed more than 50% blockage to my R renal artery, plus the the origin was elevated several times on the R. I just had a CTA w/ runoff this week, and it showed my kidney and artery was fine. How could that be? My BP averages 155-175/98-115. Different doctors read the 2 reports. This whole BP thing has been going on for a year now and I’ve had enough. Three doctors and no results. They also thought I might have a pheochromocytoma due to elevated levels, but nothing showed on the CTA. Help? Thank you!

I am not able to make a specific diagnosis based on the information that you present. Drug resistent hypertension (or high blood pressure) requires careful evaluation. In some cases a 24 hour ambulatory blood pressure monitor is required. In other … Continue reading

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