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Can Patients with Chronic Renal Failure Eat Cheese

2013-05-04 15:36

Can Patients with Chronic Renal Failure Eat CheeseChronic renal failure is a condition in which the kidneys fail to function adequately to filter blood.You have to make changes in your diet to reduce strain on your kidneys.Can patients with chronic renal failure eat cheese?

A kidney-friendly diet can help the body maintain a balance of electrolytes, minerals,and fluid in the patients with chronic kidney failure. Meanwhile,it can reduce building up of wastes in body.The patients should limit the amount of cheese in their daily diet due to the following causes.

Calcium and phosphorus are two important minerals in body.Even in the early stages of chronic kidney disease (CKD),phosphorus levels in blood can become high as the kidneys can not work well.High phosphorus can lower calcium levels in blood. Low calcium can cause the body to pull calcium from bones, thus resulting in osteoporosis and weak bones. Additionally, high phosphorus levels in blood can cause skin itching.

As cheese is high in phosphorus,the patient with chronic renal failure should limit to eat cheese. Apart from cheese, milk and yogurt are also high in phosphorus. Some dairy foods lower in phosphorus include tub margarine,butter,cream cheese, heavy cream, ricotta cheese, brie cheese, sherbet, and nondairy whipped toppings. However, even if phosphorus is low in those foods, the patients still should eat in moderation.

Apart from limiting high-phosphorus foods,the following are some other dietary recommendations for patients with chronic renal failure on diet.


A low-protein is recommended to the patients with chronic renal failure if they are not on dialysis.Once Dialysis is initiated, the patients should eat more protein.People on dialysis should eat 8~10 ounces of high-protein foods each day in case of malnutrition. How much protein you should consume each day? You can consult us on line.


A low-salt diet can help control high blood pressure and prevent fluids retention in body. Look for products less than 100 mg of salt per serving.

The above are some dietary suggestions for people with chronic renal failure.You can email to kidneyabc@hotmail.com  to get a personalized diet.

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