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    eating right with one kidney

    i had my left kidney removed 2 weeks ago and am trying to figure out what i can eat? my doctor was very vague, just said to watch my sodium. i am finding it difficult, everything has sodium. i am wondering what kind of sodium intake i should have? after reading some recipies here 400mg of sodium for one meal seems ok. i'm just very unsure. 400mg seems like alot to me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcobb
    i had my left kidney removed 2 weeks ago and am trying to figure out what i can eat? my doctor was very vague, just said to watch my sodium. i am finding it difficult, everything has sodium. i am wondering what kind of sodium intake i should have? after reading some recipies here 400mg of sodium for one meal seems ok. i'm just very unsure. 400mg seems like alot to me?
    The usual minimum recommended daily requirement of sodium for an average healthy adult is 2,400 milligrams. Most nephrologists will refer you to a dietician if you ask for a referral. I would think your dietary cautions might be based on what the problem was the other kidney -- diet for PKD, or diabetes, or stones, would be far different from loss due to an injury or if you donated to someone needing a kidney. Generally a healthy kidney would be helped by drinking lots of water, no nicotine and limited caffeine, minimal drugs and very limited alcohol.

    BTW, don't depend on the Docs for much info. Most of them are poor educators!

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    I've been in dietetics for a long time, and have always been told that the average American diet contains 8 - 10 gms sodium/day (yes, that's 8,000 - 10,000 mg / day).

    As a general rule, we consider a mild sodium restriction to be about 3000 mg / day (moderate is around 2000-2500, and strict is in the 1000-1500 range - again 'in general').

    If kidneys (or kidney in this case) are healthy, sodium balance is maintained by excreting more sodium when more is taken in... when kidney/s are not working properly, a reduction in intake is necessary.

    Sodium is derived both naturally from foods, and from what is added to processed foods. Table salt is the major source of sodium intake (table salt is Sodium Chloride). Other 'high sodium' sources are cured meats like ham, bacon, sausage and lunch meats; foods in a brine like pickles, olives, and sauerkraut; and foods you see the salt on like crackers, pretzels and chips. "Boxed", "canned" and "fast" foods are also higher in sodium than fresh foods.

    It is important to know how the remaining kidney is working -- that will determine what diet limitations are needed. Again -- as a general rule, limiting to 3000 or less may be adequate -- however, because we cannot provide specific, individual patient information via this forum, it would be wise to f/u with your Nephrologist and a Registered Dietitian.

    Check out the recipes here at DaVita.com for help in reducing the sodium in your meals. Good luck.

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    I also have one kidney. My kidney doctor told me to eat less salt, donít go crazy on protein (atkins diet) and to hydrate my kidney.
    I have had problems with bladder infections and am now on a unitary cleaning supplement along with a squeeze of lemon in my water which I drink lots of.
    Making your own meals is the easiest way to cut down on salt. I use lots of herbs and spices that have no salt in them for my recipes. You canít get rid of all the salt but you can cut way down on it if you make your own meals. I even make my own chicken and beef broth and freeze it in my ice cube tray and then put them in a baggie and lable it.
    Let me know how things are doing. I really enjoy talking to someone who only has one kidney and is healthy.

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    Re: eating right with one kidney

    My grandson, age 11 was in a motorcross accident yesterday, Dec. 3, 2010. Late last night the Doctors decided that they must remove the injured kidney. That is about all I know at this time except he will be ok. I have been online trying to get more information, and have received some good information.

    But, since he is only 11, what will he be able to eat? I have just read a post that say not much salt, but is there a list somewhere for this?

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    Re: eating right with one kidney

    Hi Brent , I'm sorry to hear of your grandson's accident. How is he now?
    In 1988 my mother had to have one kidney removed due to cancer. The cancer never spread , so we were fortunate in that regard. In the years since , I have never known her to have any dietary "rules". She is careful about what medicines she takes; painkilllers, etc, but that's about it. Of course she had her kidney removed (what seems like ) eons ago, and the doctors may not have known as much about diet as they do now. Interestingly, since I have been diagnosed with kidney disease and am following some new guidelines, she's wondering "I wonder if I should do that?"
    Suffice it to say, mom's life didn't change that much from the kidney removal. She went on teaching school, and living life as she had known it . Your grandson may have a few more restrictions than my mother, just due to the fact that doctors know so much more now. I hope you and your g'son's parents will feel free to come here for support . You'll find support, plus so much more. I am a new member, and have learned more in a week than from seeing a kidney specialist for 3 years! God bless you all. - Beth

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    Re: eating right with one kidney

    Quote Originally Posted by brent View Post
    My grandson, age 11 was in a motorcross accident yesterday, Dec. 3, 2010. Late last night the Doctors decided that they must remove the injured kidney. That is about all I know at this time except he will be ok. I have been online trying to get more information, and have received some good information.

    But, since he is only 11, what will he be able to eat? I have just read a post that say not much salt, but is there a list somewhere for this?
    Hi Brent, I am sorry to hear about your little grandson. As Beth said, he should be fine with one kidney. He will probably have kidney function tests anually but shouldn't have problems. As far as the sodium goes, the Dr. should tell you how many daily mgs. are allowed. Many people here have seen a dietican and that helps with meal planning. Once you know his limitations you'll need to read food labels. There is high sodium in processed foods and most fast food is high also. When I saw a dietician I was given an extensive list of food items with the sodium content and that was very helpful. Keep us posted on how your grandson is doing.

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    Re: eating right with one kidney

    Hi Brent, I just ran across your post about your grandson. By this time, I hope that he is well on his way to recovery. I had a kidney removed about 55 years ago due to a bicycle accident. It should be comforting for you to know that I have had no dietary limitations and no problems living with only one kidney. It is amazing how our bodies adjust. He should avoid processed foods (ham, deli meats, boxed mixes, etc.), preservatives, eat fresh food, and limit his salt intake. Just a healthy diet that anyone should be eating.

    Wishing you and your grandson well.
    Brenda

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    Re: eating right with one kidney

    Sodium should be kept to 2,000/day if you're keeping an eye on it. It really isn't that hard to do, but you do have to keep track, and really watch prepared frozen foods - they can be LOADED with salt.
    Reach for unsalted or low-sodium versions of chips/crackers/salmon/tuna/soups (especially) and whatever else gives you that option. Sometimes the unsalted variety can even be premium priced, but it's well worth the expense to keep healthy!

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    Re: eating right with one kidney

    I had my right kidney removed when I was 18 months old, I'm 26 now, so I've basically lived my entire life with CKD. I didn't have any restrictions at all and haven't had any problems until this past September. I did eat somewhat healthily but it wasn't really anything drastic.

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