TAMPA, Fla.– The American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) is pleased to announce the redesign and updated content in its AAKP Nutrition Counter: A Reference for Kidney Patients.
The pocket-size brochure is an excellent guide to help kidney patients develop a proper meal plan. Diet is one of the most important elements in managing kidney disease. Diet can help slow the progression of chronic kidney disease (CKD). Diet can also help slow the build-up of waste products in the body between dialysis treatments.
The AAKP Nutrition Counter brochure contains the nutritional values of more than 300 commonly used foods, as well as menu items from 11 fast food restaurants. AAKP updated the brochure to include carbohydrates, fat, and saturated fat nutritional content, as well as sodium, phosphorus, potassium, protein and calorie content of the listed foods.
“Every kidney patient needs to be aware of the dangers of consuming foods high in potassium, sodium, phosphorus. Eating high amounts of foods loaded with these nutrients can speed up disease progression for pre-dialysis patients, and can cause severe side effects for dialysis patients. We want to give patients the tools necessary to make smart health care choices,” stated Karen E. Ryals, executive director, AAKP.The AAKP Nutrition Counter can fit easily into your back-pocket or inside a purse. To place your order to receive a copy of the new AAKP Nutrition Counter, call 1-800-749-2257. The cost is $1.50. Patients can download the brochure for free by visiting www.aakp.org/brochures and clicking on the AAKP Nutrition Counter link.