Nutrition & Exercise for CKD...

...dancing to the right music...


Yes, We Have No Bananas!


  • There is no magical 'melody' to fix kidneys or to keep them from playing a 'sour note'. 

  • The most critical issue is to follow a diet with 'harmony' and 'balance', including proper amounts of carbohydrates, proteins and fats.

    • Carbohydrates provide a source of energy, helping to get the 'tempo' going.

    • Proteins are the 'major' source of building block of muscle and several other critica elements needed to keep healthy.

    • Fats always seem to get a bad 'rap', but are critical to the production of vital hormones.  Vitamins use fats as a 'bridge' to carry them to cells and the right amount of (unsaturated) fat helps to maintain 'smooth' nerve impulses.

  • Found in virtually every food eaten are various amounts of minerals, such as sodium, potassium and phosphorus.  These 'players' have different roles and will need adjusted based on the specific circumstance.

  • Fluid intake is another common area in question

  • The 'overtone' to best understand is that dietary needs change depending on the stage of CKD or other conditions in 'play' (like heart disease).

  • Getting a 'song book' from your doctor and renal dietician is 'key' in this process.


Shall We Dance?


  • Exercise is almost always good, but must remain safe. 

  • Often improving overall sense of well-being, exercise allows one to become stronger.

  • Exercise can 'transition' dietary and fluid intake requirements to new levels.

  • Many factors, in addition to CKD, will need to be considered.  Some examples include:

    • age

    • weight

    • height

    • lung problems

    • muscle and joint disease

  • At times, a physical therapy program, guided by a trained physical therapist, is necessary to get on 'track'.

  • Know the limits!  Don't try to do the 'salsa', if all that can be done is the 'waltz'!

  • Your doctor can 'direct' you in a plan of exercise that suits your individual needs.