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Category Blog Posts For: Phosphorus




Planning for a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season!

The holidays are right around the corner and whether you've already started planning, shopping and wrapping or you leave it all to the end, we wanted to give you some strategies to manage your kidney diet over the holidays. Somehow holidays and celebrations always seem to centre around food and holiday meals are an important time of sharing with family and friends. So when it comes to getting through the holidays without any medical problems, the key is …

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Kidney Friendly Cooking for people with chronic kidney disease: a NEW COOKBOOK!

This is a guest blog by Leah Butcher, dietetic summer student at Kidney Foundation of Canada At the Kidney Foundation, we get numerous calls about which renal friendly cookbooks we would recommend.  If you only need to reduce sodium there are MANY cookbooks out there.  But if you need to limit sodium, potassium, AND phosphorus, the number of cookbooks on Amazon is limited and many are at least a decade old. There’s a lot of work that …

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Spotlight on phosphorus: the nutrition facts table’s missing mineral

This is a guest blog by Emily Robins, Dietetic Intern, Grand River Hospital – Kitchener, ON Over the past four weeks I have had the opportunity to intern under the supervision of June Martin, Registered Dietitian for the Grand River Regional Renal Program. I have spent most of my time here working with patients in the hemodialysis unit, assessing their nutritional status and providing nutrition intervention and counselling as needed. As a student I learned that one …

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Low-Phosphorus Cheese, product evaluation

Low-phosphorus cheese, product evaluation   Walking through my local grocery store one evening I noticed a new-to-me product, called Daiya, in the vegetarian section of the deli department. Daiya is a dairy- and soy-free cheese substitute product. Unlike dairy and soy cheese however, it is very low in phosphorus and protein – Making it suitable for those on a low-protein diet, prior to receiving dialysis, as well as for individuals looking for low phosphorus products. Daiya products …

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Phosphate Additives May Become a Public Health Issue

Last week, I was at a conference in Washington, DC where my fellow dietitian Melissa Atcheson and I presented a poster on the Kidney Community Kitchen (www.kidneycommunitykitchen.ca). This was a great opportunity to share the Kidney Foundation of Canada’s exciting new website with our American colleagues. I was delighted to hear that many had already heard of the site (often from their patients)! I need to take a moment to thank a very gifted graphic designer, …

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Phosphorus in the Progression of Kidney Disease

If you’ve read many of my blog posts or heard me speak then you probably know that I think phosphate additives are a serious concern for kidney patients at all stages of chronic kidney disease. It’s been long established that high levels of phosphorus are a sign of bone and mineral disorder in CKD patients but that doesn’t tell us the whole story. A study published online in the Journal of the American Society Nephrology (JASN) …

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Phosphorus – the new “f-word”?

Recently we had a “take your children to work” day at the hospital. The daughter of my manager came in and spent time learning about some of the professionals who work in a dialysis unit, including the dietitian. Her mom came in the next day and told me how, over dinner, her daughter had told the family all about the renal diet – potassium, sodium, protein and the other one – “the f word”. I …

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Time Flies!!

It’s hard for me to believe that it’s been a year since I started doing a blog for the Kidney Foundation of Canada! This August I’m busy getting ready for “back to school” with my children and am excited about participating in the Kidney Foundation’s Walk for Life in September. A year later headlines and health news reports continue to be full of sodium news and reports about the food industry’s response (or lack of response) …

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What about phosphorus?

The past few weeks have been very busy ones for me.  I have been working on a new project about hidden phosphates in foods. Healthy kidneys help regulate the amount of phosphorus in your blood, and if you have impaired kidney function your healthcare team may recommend you limit your phosphate intake. High phosphorus levels in the blood can lead to bone and cardiovascular problems in kidney patients. Almost all foods contain some phosphorus so it …

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