Salt Restriction May Delay or Prevent the Need for Dialysis in our Kidney Care Centre Program

Salt restriction has always been recommended for patients with kidney disease.  There is now additional evidence that salt restriction may be a critical intervention in slowing progression of chronic kidney disease.

In the article ‘Sodium Intake, ACE Inhibition, and Progression to ESRD‘ by Vegter et al, we find important epidemiologic evidence that urinary sodium consumption (as measured by urinary sodium excretion) is associated with development of kidney failure in patients with nondiabetic kidney disease.  Specifically, too much salt may minimize the protective effect of ACE inhibitors or ARBs in patients with proteinuric kidney disease.

This information further supports the important work our KCC dieticians do to decrease the chance our patients will require dialysis.

 

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