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Re: suggestion... how about introducing ourselves??

PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 8:53 pm
by Balty
Hello! My brother passed away in July so I decided to pull it together on the body front, losing 50 lbs rather quickly through diet & exercise. I went to my GP for a physicial & all my blood work came back fine, except for my GFR, creatinine, & BUN. My GP concluded I've stage 3 ckd & referred me to a kidney doctor.

My GFR is 35 ml, creatinine is 2.01 mg/dl, & BUN is 40 mg/dl. My HCT was 36%, indicating anemia.

I've questions about whether stage 3 ckd is reversible? Can I raise my GFR (or at least maintain it)? Could my rapid weight loss have affected my GFR, creatinine, & BUN numbers? Are drug prescriptions available to bring GFR, creatinine, & BUN results into acceptable ranges?

I'm reading stage 3 ckd patients should adopt a low-protein, low phosphorus diet. If anyone could contribute any reliable diet tips on how to accomplish this, I would be most grateful.

My blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, & BMI were all fine. Thanks to anyone who reads this board for comments, thoughts, & feedback.

Re: suggestion... how about introducing ourselves??

PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 9:23 pm
by wagolynn
These web pages may help you. http://www.kidneypatientguide.org.uk/contents.php
And http://www.edren.org/pages/edreninfo/bl ... isease.php

These are reliable pages, you must always be sure of the source of any information on the web, there are some real cranks out there.

Drug cure - none that I have heard of, kidney function can be upset by trauma, and as a by product of other conditions, in these cases if the cause is eliminated the kidneys can recover.
Your kidneys may feel a rapid change in weight is a trauma.

Your Nephrologist will probably request more blood work in about a months time to work out what is happening, and other tests.

Diet - If you are in America you may be advised, by your Nephrologist, to reduce protein intake as in the USA people tend to have a high protein intake.
There are dietary requirements but these only apply to patients on dialysis, to help dialysis in it's weak areas, otherwise unless you are advised by your Nephrologist otherwise, move towards 5 portions of fruit, and vegetables, per day, and a portion of protein. (Google five-a-day for details)
This will improve your general health but will have little effect on your kidneys, your body will be able to cope better with the failing kidneys, and a transplant.
I say, 'move towards', because if you are not eating a high fibre diet, your gut needs time to develop the appropriate gut bacteria, lack of gut bacteria is the usual cause of wind (gas), when people make a rapid change of diet.

Advise your Nephrologist before you start changes, otherwise he/she will be trying to diagnose on a moving target.

Best wishes.

Re: suggestion... how about introducing ourselves??

PostPosted: Fri Nov 24, 2017 5:26 pm
by Balty
Thanks for taking the time to reply!

Diet--I've been told CKD patients should limit protein to 25g of protein per day and limit phosphorus to 800mg to 1200mg per day.

Have you ever heard of this sort of advice?

Re: suggestion... how about introducing ourselves??

PostPosted: Sat Nov 25, 2017 5:54 pm
by JMan
'The 'restricting protein' used to be the advice widely given. And it was then discovered to be a mistake.

I'd say don't excessively limit protein unless advised to do so, or bring up the question with your doc. For those on dialysis, some extra protein is actually beneficial as the treatment process can remove a certain amount.

The professionals blurb:

https://www2.kidney.org/professionals/K ... guide5.htm

See also https://www.kidney.org.uk/help-and-info ... ate-index/


You can find a lot more info here:
Eating Well With Kidney Failure, a Practical Guide and Cookbook
http://amzn.to/uoj87U

Eating Well for Kidney Health, Expert Guidance and Delicious Recipes
http://amzn.to/rYCcW2

Eating Well, Living with Kidney Disease
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Truly Tasty, over 100 recipes created by Irelands Top Chefs for Adults Living with Kidney Disease
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Food With Thought PDF Download or printed copy for £2.50 via the NKF

http://www.kidney.org.uk/help/books/boo ... ththought/

Davita Recipes, an American website with many many recipes.

http://www.davita.com/recipes/