An outbreak of COVID-19 had bought a lot of diet & lifestyle-related information from medical as well as other sources. And the only purpose was to boost immunity so that a person can easily stay safe in the situation of a widespread pandemic.
While, for people who are already affected by a pre-existing medical condition, the amount of care & precautions are required to be on the extra side; and Renal or Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is one of those ailments. They are already at a higher risk of contracting a virus. Patients with CKD, usually have multiple underlying medical conditions, which may be hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, or obesity.
A healthy lifestyle and thoughtful meal plan can control several diseases, such as blood sugar or blood pressure. If these medical issues remain uncontrolled, CKD progresses at a very faster pace. Since the spread of COVID-19, the consultation with Doctors is also majorly over voice or video call. However, if the monitoring of a patient’s vitals is not very meticulous, it may deteriorate their condition.
Healthy Diet Plan for Kidney Patients with CKD
A mindful lifestyle & nutritious eating habits are basic practices to become healthier, more immune, prevent diseases, or control the worsening of ailments in the body. Let’s know the suitable diet for Kidney patients with CKD:
- Ample of fruits: Apple, Papaya, Pear, Guava
- Lots of Vegetables: Bottle Gourd, Ridged Gourd (Torai), Apple Guard (Tinda), Coccinia (Kundru), Onion, Capsicum
- Preferably home cooked meals
- Moderate milk & milk products (skimmed or toned milk)
- Plenty of fluid (water)
- Buck wheat, Sago, Arrowroot
- Pulses: Moong, Arhar, Red masoor
- Processed, packed, canned, ready to eat, fried food
- Excess of salt, sugar, fat, potassium based food products
- Fruits: Banana, Kiwi, Avocado, Citrus fruits, dry fruits, pomegranate, prunes, amla, jackfruit, peach
- Whole wheat products: pearl millet (Bajra), finger millet (Ragi), barley (jo), Sorghum (jawar), brown rice
- Phosphorus: Sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, beans, lentils)
- Whole pulses
Renal Patients & Covid Safety
As we move along ‘new normal’, to enhance the immune system, renal-friendly food should also consist of Protein, Vitamin A, C & E, Zinc along with other nutrients, besides multi-vitamins. Apart from the regular medication, one must keep enough healthy food at home, to safely survive in the possibilities of lockdown. And all this is required complying with usual covid-safety measures: regular hand hygiene, washing & sanitization; triple-layer surgical mask; & social distancing. Patients undergoing dialysis, need to follow all covid-safety practices, as well as thorough coughing etiquettes of covering the mouth or coughing or sneezing in the elbow. They must be, preferably, dialyzed in isolation, a separate room with the door closed.
In the case of CKD, the key is to control blood pressure & blood glucose to maintain kidney health. The patient also must ensure a healthy body weight with nutritious food and regular physical activity. Since, one cannot move out to gyms or parks for exercise or a simple walking, jogging. or running, during the course of a pandemic. The exercises should be performed at home itself.
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At Madhuban Kidney Care, we provide advanced, personalized & quality-driven treatments to patients with Kidney Diseases to improve their health and longevity. We aim to provide the best possible care by our well-harmonized expert team of excellent urologists, nephrologists, and transplant clinicians, also advanced equipment under a single roof. We strongly believe that such a holistic approach enhances our understanding of disease pathophysiology. We cover Renal Science to understand the unique needs of patients and provide the best, unparalleled & comprehensive care by cutting any & every inconvenience that patients might suffer, due to insufficient care.