Kidneys and Weight

Understanding Weight Changes in Kidney Disease and How to Manage Them

June 17, 20241 min read

Weight changes, whether gaining or losing, are common when adjusting your eating habits for kidney disease.

These changes can be influenced by various factors, including the need to monitor carbs, calories, fat intake, and food sensitivities. In our program, we address these issues and provide guidance on managing them effectively.

However, it's important to note that there isn't a one-size-fits-all approach, as each person's body responds differently to dietary changes. Working with a renal dietitian and closely monitoring your lab work is essential when intentionally changing your weight.

Weight changes in kidney disease can be influenced by several factors, including:

  • dietary modifications

  • fluid retention

  • medication side effects

  • food sensitivities

  • underlying health conditions

For some individuals, managing carbs may be crucial, while for others, monitoring calories or limiting fat intake may be more beneficial.

To manage weight changes safely, it's essential to understand your body's unique needs and preferences. This involves identifying foods that your body responds well to and those that may cause issues.

Setting up your diet to match these needs can help you achieve your weight goals while supporting your overall health. However, it's important to work closely with a renal dietitian to ensure that your dietary changes are safe and appropriate for your condition.

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