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It is important to note that before dialysis is needed, there are no special diets that help the kidneys except a healthy, balanced one.

What is a healthy, balanced diet?

  • Include some fruit, vegetables or salad every day


  • Have some dairy or dairy alternatives (soya milk) 

  • Choose wholegrain or wholemeal varieties where possible (pasta, bread etc.) as they contain more fibre, vitamins and minerals than white varieties

  • Include protein in every meal (beans, pulses, fish, eggs and meat)

  • Choose unsaturated oils and spreads, and only eat small amounts

  • Try to cut down the amount of meat eaten (especially red meat) and avoid processed meats (ham, bacon etc.)

  • Drink plenty of fluids 

Salmon Sashimi
Olive Branch
Fish Bowl

I've started dialysis - will my diet change now?

Due to kidney function being very minimal at this stage, it is important to be even more mindful of diet and fluid intake. Because the kidneys are not able to get rid of waste products such as potassium and phosphate as they usually would when functioning well, these toxins can build up in the body and start to make people feel ill.

If you should be on a special diet (e.g. low potassium), you will be informed by your nursing team and/or be contacted by one of our renal dieticians.



You can find some useful diet sheets below: 

Need to lose weight?

Click on the button below which will take you to a BMI calculator to check to see if you are a healthy weight.

(To be eligible for a transplant you need a BMI of 35 or less)

If you are a renal patient and need/want to lose weight, please contact one of our dieticians who would be happy to provide you with support and advice on weight management (details below)

Alternatively, there is a FREE weight loss plan on the NHS website.


Emma Warren

Emma Gray

Marica Dring

Renal Dietiticans

01603 647430

01603 647429

01603 747429

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