Most of us know that eating healthy foods is important for a healthy life. But for people with certain health problems, proper nutrition is more than just a good idea. Today, experts know that nutrition is an essential part of managing many health problems, including kidney disease.
Therapeutic nutrition—or the use of specific nutrients and food products in the right quantity to help manage a health problem—is a good way for you to take care of your own health or the health of a loved one. Therapeutic nutrition cannot prevent health problems, but it may help reduce medical care and complications and hospital stay.
Therapeutic nutrition works by making sure that your body gets the balanced mix of the nutrients it needs to fight an ongoing health problem. Your doctor or registered dietitian may recommend using it by itself or along with other medical care.
Chronic kidney disease changes the way that your body handles nutrients. You may have to watch the amount of protein, sodium, potassium, phosphorus, and liquids that you eat or drink every day. Your doctor or registered dietitian will tell you if you should not eat certain foods or eat them only in small amounts. When your diet is limited, you may not get enough calories each day. This may change your nutritional health and energy level and even cause weight loss.
Therapeutic nutrition products such as Suplena® With Carb Steady® and Nepro® With Carb Steady® can help. They can become part of your diet plan to help make sure you get the calories you need and the right amount of protein and other nutrients. Good nutrition can improve nutritional health and may help slow the progress of chronic kidney disease. Talk to your doctor or registered dietitian to find out which therapeutic nutrition product is right for you or your loved one.
Everyone should try to eat a balanced diet to help maintain good overall health, even if you do not have a chronic health problem. However, therapeutic nutrition
is different from simply choosing healthy foods for yourself and your family. It provides important nutrients that can help you meet your nutritional needs. You may use therapeutic nutrition in addition to regular meals or choose to occasionally replace some foods with these products.
Some people use therapeutic nutrition products to help improve their nutritional status, stay stronger in the face of illness, and respond better to medical care. Talk to your health care professional to make sure that therapeutic nutrition is right for you.
Always start by talking to your health care professional. Your doctor may refer you to a registered dietitian (RD), who will review your medical information, help you create a special diet, and show you how to use therapeutic nutrition products to meet your or your loved one’s specific needs. You can find an RD in your area by visiting the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics online at www.eatright.org and clicking on “Find a Nutrition Professional” or look in your phone book under “Registered Dietitians.”
Some insurance companies may cover the counseling an RD provides when recommended by your doctor. Contact your doctor’s office to see if an RD is on staff.
Many of these products are available to purchase online for home delivery. You also can find many therapeutic nutrition products at your local food or drugstore or ask your pharmacy to order them for you. Speak to your doctor or registered dietitian to learn which products are best for you.
To learn more about therapeutic nutrition products for specific health problems and for a store locator, visit www.AbbottNutrition.com or call 1-800-227-5767 Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM EST.