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Kidney disease is such an under the radar issue unless you have it. But it's actually a large issue in the western world. We have several members with compromised kidney function and probably many that don't know it.
f1jim wrote: Like you, my health drove me to full compliance. Wish I had been smarter earlier. It would have saved me a lot of grief! I am convinced that a strict regimine of eating, rather than "moderation" would have helped in my case because of so many years of poor dietary habits.
f1jim wrote:Careful how you use that term 100% compliance. It upsets a lot of people around here. Funny, those that have had their chest opened up, or had major organ failure never seem to be bothered about the term. No one is putting anyone down over their choices but for me and many others it would have been a far better life to have done it earlier. I consider myself lucky to be walking the planet after the mess I made of myself for decades. Blindly thinking I was fine and invincible. Ever wonder where the point was that if you had started you would not be dealing with this? It's water under the bridge now but I do think about it. I wonder what percentage of kidney function my diet took away from me and when that will kick in. Will eating this way stave off any issues? How much permanent damage is there? Only those that deal with this think about it. I know that every time I shower I see the scars and wonder. I bet every test they give you you wonder. It makes you want to take those that don't think about it and shake them. Wake up! Before it's too late. I think about how small of a price compliance would have been 15 years ago. It's so obvious now.
Congratulations Pacificfords on doing what almost no one else has done. You had the courage to take charge of your own health.
dlhanson wrote:DW's nephrologist indicated that she wouldn't improve either. When he saw her, her creatinine was 1.4. Neither the nephrologist nor her rheumatologist have said a word about diet.
When we found out that she had kidney problems, we did some research online and bought some books about kidney disease. She stopped eating some things (gluten, corn, citrus) just to be safe. She also stopped eating beans and legumes to reduce her protein intake. (We have eaten by the McDougall plan for about 15 years so dairy, meat, high fat, processed food, refined carbohydrates were not in her diet before an autoimmune disease started hurting her kidneys.)
Her creatinine level has been at 1.0 for the last two lab tests so we know that she can improve.
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