VEGETARIANISM AND PROTEIN INTAKE IN CKD AND ESRD PATIENTS
For renal dietitians, both those working with earlier stages of CKD (Chronic Kidney Disease) and those working with dialysis patients, protein is an important part of the conversation. High-biological, animal-based protein has long been encouraged as the primary source of protein in the diet. However, new research shows that the incorporation of plant-based proteins may be advantageous. This webinar will discuss what the current research says about the relationship between protein intake and the health of renal patients, why vegetarian sources may be beneficial for CKD and ESRD (End-Stage Renal Disease) patients, as well as how patients can incorporate plant-based proteins safely into their diet.
Upon successful completion of this one-hour course, the participant should be able to understand:
Role of protein in CKD and ESRD diets.
Advantages and disadvantages of vegetarianism for CKD and ESRD.
Natalie Hellman, MS, RD, LDN works as a registered dietitian at two dialysis clinics in Nashville, Tennessee. Before discovering her love for renal nutrition, Natalie had worked at a cardiac hospital and at an eating disorder/addiction facility. At her current job as a dialysis dietitian, she enjoys helping her patients interpret their lab results and educating them about how the foods they choose can impact their health and lifestyle. In working with an elderly population, Natalie has become very aware of the importance of fostering healthy habits earlier in life to reduce future health issues. She is extremely interested in researching and learning more about nutrition as preventative medicine.