Letter: Support for those kidney disease patients

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Did you know that there are currently 451 people in need of a kidney transplant in Scotland whose diet will be restricted due to kidney disease?

It is likely that they will be on fluid restrictions of around just 500ml of liquid a day, including liquid found in foods like sauces and ice cream. That’s roughly the equivalent of only being able to have a small cup of tea and one can of soft drink for the whole day.

In addition, they are likely to have to limit the potassium and phosphate in their diet which means missing out on enjoying foods like chocolate, bananas and tomatoes.

Sadly, a lot of the advice given to patients focuses on the foods to avoid but we want to make the kidney diet about all the things kidney patients can eat and to bring enjoyment back into food which is why we’ve launched the Kidney Kitchen.

We hope it will help raise awareness among your readers so that everyone living with kidney disease in Scotland can enjoy healthy and delicious food with their family and friends.

All of the recipes have been developed with the support of renal dieticians and each recipe comes with facts to help those cooking and/or eating the food how the recipes fit into their diet.

If you are, or if you know a kidney patient, make sure you check out www.kidneykitchen.org

Ewen Maclean,
Advocacy Officer, Scotland,
Kidney Care UK.