VACCINES & KIDNEY PATIENTS: A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE

Vaccine Guide for Kidney Patients Cover

Vaccines are necessary to boost our immune power to effectively ward-off specific infections. They form a crucial part of medically preparing all patients of Chronic Kidney Disease for a kidney transplant surgery as well.

However, patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), those with Kidney Failure on Dialysis or Kidney Transplant recipients have a weaker immune system. Since vaccines are basically made of weakened germs or its parts, vaccinating this subset of patients requires caution and clinical supervision.

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VACCINE BASICS FOR KIDNEY PATIENTS

Amidst all the enthusiastic talk of developing a Vaccine to fight-off COVID19 (the new coronavirus) and the World Immunization Week (24th-30th April) silently passing by, we at Team ATK felt it’s appropriate to help you gain a basic insight on Vaccines and their utility & limitations in kidney patients.

After all, vaccines form a crucial part of medically preparing all patients of Chronic Kidney Disease for a transplant surgery. Add to that, the fact that SOME vaccines are UNSAFE for transplant recipients, and this topic becomes all the more significant.

So, let’s begin then, shall we?

 

Vaccine Basics for Kidney Patients

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COVID-19 (New Coronavirus) Guide for Kidney Patients

COVID-19 (the new Coronavirus) has made its way to 185 countries (at the time of writing this article). It is highly contagious, a completely new viral strain that had caught us all off-guard and is of particular concern to anyone with a weak immune system.

A sizeable chunk of Kidney Patients has poor immunity. This is either due to the respective disease state itself (such as Diabetes) or due to specific “immuno-suppressive” medicines (such as steroids) that are necessary to treat certain kidney disease states & prevent them from flaring up.

Hence, it is necessary that people like us, belonging from the kidney patient community put particular emphasis on:

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3 MUST-HAVE TOOLS FOR A “LOW SODIUM” RENAL DIET

Low Sodium Kidney Friendly Cooking tools

Restricting your daily intake of Sodium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Protein & Fat in your food is the cornerstone of a Renal Diet Plan. Renal Dietitians are trained to help kidney patients identify which nutrients to restrict or increase in their daily diets, and by how much, based on our individual kidney health status. This means you will need to adjust your food & condiment portions to remain within your daily nutrient allowance. So how do you go about it? Continue reading “3 MUST-HAVE TOOLS FOR A “LOW SODIUM” RENAL DIET”

ENSURING HYGIENE IN A KIDNEY-FRIENDLY KITCHEN

Hygiene in a Kidney Kitchen

Hygiene is an important consideration for everything that enters your body, whether you eat it, drink it, breathe it or inject it. This is more so if a major, essential organ of the body like your kidneys are unwell. That’s because, in normal health, kidneys efficiently eliminate ALL excess metabolic wastes and impurities in blood via urine. But Chronic Kidney Disease progressively diminishes this blood-cleansing ability of kidneys as well as blunts our body’s immune defences with time.

💡 SO WHAT ARE THE BEST PRACTICES TO KEEP YOUR KIDNEY KITCHEN HYGIENIC?

💡 WHICH ARE THE MUST-HAVE EQUIPMENT/UTILITY ITEMS THAT YOU SHOULD CONSIDER STOCKING UP YOUR KITCHEN WITH, TO MAKE IT A “KIDNEY FORTRESS”?

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KIDNEY-FRIENDLY KITCHEN: THE MUST-HAVE TOOLS!

What business does someone trained as a physician-scientist have, talking about “Tools necessary for a Kidney-friendly kitchen”, you may ask?

Kidney Friendly Kitchen

 

Well, it’s my own decade-long Experience navigating life as a Kidney Warrior (currently post-kidney transplant) and the frustrating lack of organized information on this matter in the medical literature or public domain, that has motivated me to help fellow members in the Kidney Community in this regard.

As soon as you are diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease, dietary modifications take the centre-stage along with necessary medicines for your root cause & stage of kidney disease. Team ATK has constantly stressed the importance of consulting a Registered Renal Dietitian to help you prepare a Renal Diet Plan tailored to your individual health status.

To make your food choices easier, we have also shared “Kidney-Friendly Grocery Lists” and their daily kidney-safe portions to serve as a basic guide for your reference.

However, going by personal experience, applying all of the above advice in your daily lives also needs some smart tools in your kitchen to make it truly kidney-friendly and turn you into a more efficient Kidney Warrior.

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RENAL DIET: WHAT CAN YOU REALLY EAT?!

Being a Kidney Patient is difficult. It is not just the health challenges it poses on a day-to-day basis. It is also the “restrictions” that are suddenly “imposed” on us even with something as basic as “what we EAT”! Admittedly, the Renal Diet appears all the more challenging when it is a festive season!

But, focusing on what we CAN eat with kidney disease in tow, instead of what we CANNOT opens a whole new horizon of food options & possible food combinations which may go unnoticed otherwise.

 

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GLOMERULAR FILTRATION RATE (GFR)

If you are a member of the kidney community – whether as a patient, caregiver, advocate or knowledge seeker – it is likely that you have come across the term “Glomerular Filtration Rate” or more commonly, the GFR. Perhaps you are also aware that this term broadly relates to your kidney’s functional capacity.

GFR Kidney But do you completely understand what GFR really is?

GFR Kidney How does your medical team clinically assess the GFR for your kidneys?

GFR Kidney How valid is it throughout your CKD journey?

GFR Kidney And is it always indicative of the true health status of your kidneys?

All these are some very pertinent questions that each member of the Kidney Community, especially the patients & caregivers must thoroughly know the answers to. And that is exactly what we are here to help you with, today. Continue reading “GLOMERULAR FILTRATION RATE (GFR)”

BAKING SODA AND KIDNEY “DETOX”. MYTH BUSTED!

Who isn’t acquainted with “Baking Soda” – those tiny, white crystals used to make cakes fluffy? It has now also made its way as an effective dead-skin exfoliator (when used sparingly), a teeth whitening agent as well as a DIY solution for “unclogging” toilet pipes. For some years now, many articles have surfaced in the open-access media about how drinking Baking Soda (NOT Baking Powder) can help “flush your healthy kidneys of toxins” and promote kidney health.

Baking Soda and Kidney

Anything Kidney naturally catches the attention of Team ATK and sets our neurons in action. So, we decided to investigate if these claims hold any water from the clinical standpoint. Continue reading “BAKING SODA AND KIDNEY “DETOX”. MYTH BUSTED!”

DRINK WATER FOR KIDNEY HEALTH

“Drink adequate water to keep your kidneys healthy!”Now that’s a piece of time-tested health advice, right? But then how does it work?

The internet and medical literature, in general, is filled with ample advice on drinking adequate water for good kidney health. Usually, you will find pearls of advice urging you to drink at least 8 glasses of water daily for optimum health benefits. To be factually correct, it is your total liquid intake throughout the day that matters. This could be in the form of water, juices, smoothies, milk or other non-alcoholic beverages or even soups and broths that you take throughout the day (We specify the term “non-alcoholic” here because although liquid, alcohol is a major dehydrator).

However, we all know how plain, drinking water always forms the mainstay of retaining an optimum hydration status.

Drink water kidney health

Drink Water bell So, what is it about plain water that makes it the “drink of choice” to quench thirst in the truest sense?

Drink Water bell And how exactly does drinking more water keep your kidneys healthy?

Hint: It has got nothing to do with “flushing” your kidneys

Drink Water bell Can increasing water intake slow down the progression of chronic kidney disease? What does the latest research suggest?

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