Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a complex medical condition that requires highly specialised dietary management and education. Maintaining a healthy balanced diet is important in CKD, however, this may not be enough. A specialised diet may be required dependent on the stage of CKD and an Accredited Practising Dietitian can provide education on your individual requirements and assist with practical, food based strategies to meet these guidelines. Our dietitian, Rachel Tutill, is working with the Hunter Kidney Clinic to provide dietary support in this area. Rachel can assist you to control biochemical imbalances including proteinuria, hyperkalemia (high potassium levels) and uncontrolled blood sugar levels. She will provide advice for symptom management that may occur with CKD including loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting and taste changes. This can assist with achieving good nutritional status and improving your overall health.
Involving a dietitian in your CKD management may assist to slow the progression of CKD and decrease the risk of kidney disease related complications including heart disease, osteoporosis, fluid retention and irreversible kidney damage. Rachel can also assist with the management of other chronic health conditions that may be affecting management of your CKD including diabetes control and blood pressure management.
Other kidney related conditions that can also benefit from referral to an APD include kidney stones, dialysis and kidney transplant.
Individual consultations are available with Rachel through the Hunter Kidney Clinic at Gateshead and East Maitland. Please contact the clinic directly on (02) 4942 2558 to make an enquiry or appointment booking.