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Dietitian Q/A

Because of the contents of some questions and the large number we receive, the MUSC Dietitians only answer selected questions. Although we discourage questions regarding personal health problems, scheduling an appointment with the outpatient dietitian to address these concerns is encouraged. Appointments can be made after a physician referral is received.



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 Question:  What would be on a menu for Renal diet meals?

Answer:

A Renal Diet is a diet your doctor may put you on if your kidneys are not working properly. A healthy person who does not have kidney disease should not follow a renal diet.

 

Renal diets are low in Potassium, Sodium and Phosphorus. And, depending on your stage of kidney disease, your protein needs may be higher or lower than normal.

 

Limiting salty foods like processed meats, salted snack foods and canned foods will help lower your sodium intake.

 

Foods high in potassium include potatoes, tomatoes, bananas and strawberries. These foods should be avoided while on a renal diet.

 

Foods high in phosphorus include dairy products, whole grain breads and cereals, dark colas, and chocolate. These foods should also be avoided while on a renal diet.

 

If your doctor places you or a family member on a renal diet it would be very beneficial to work one-on-one with a dietitian to help personalize your diet needs.

 

To schedule an appointment with our outpatient dietitian:

1) Obtain a referral from you physician. They can use the referral form from the following link:
http://www.muschealth.com/nutrition/clinicalservices/outpatient/RT%20Newsletters/MNTReferral.pdf

    Or they can use their own form.
2) Have your physician fax the referral to 843-792-2995. The scheduling department will then contact you to set up the appointment.

 



Answered: 03/17/2011



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