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Stage 3 Kidney Disease and Diet: What can I eat?

Kidney & Bladder | Last Active: Aug 10 1:25pm | Replies (509)

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@czsalt64

probably the key factor. I suspect that I did not advance due to my eating habits. Mostly vegan. If someone would have told me sooner that I had CKD I would have stopped other things too. LIKE Salt.

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@czsalt64, I think you are referring to an old, old post of mine. I got shingles in late 2019 and tanked my kidney function to an eGFR of 8 – went into end stage kidney failure! – and had to go on dialysis in Aug of 2020. Made/still making a very slow recovery from the shingles damage and was able to stop dialysis in Dec of 2020. Now, in 2021, eGFR up to 19 and still improving, BUN and creatinine slowly coming back down. I feel much better, too. Part of the reason I'm alive today is a great primary doc and a great neprologist but another reason is my almost-vegan, ovovegetarian renal diet. The latest recommendation for sodium intake is 1.5 grams or 1500 mg daily but some specialists are saying it should even be reduced further. I happen to get severe cramps if I take in much less than 1500 mg and my potassium is below what it should be. 80 mg of furosemide daily is partly responsible for the salt cramps and potassium cramps and neph has said I can slightly increase the potassium. She did NOT tell me to increase my sodium but I have done that anyway, though very slightly, and no longer have the cramping. I certainly do not recommend increased or decreased sodium or potassium to others, just saying what is working for me.

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