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It is estimated that there are over 350,000 dialysis patients in America. That number is believed t triple in the next few years. With the baby boomers coming of age, their kidneys are failing and the need for treatment and diet changes is going to change as well.

If you, or someone you know, has kidney failure, please remember that diet is a very important part of any treatment plan. This is not a one size fits all cook book. The recipes that work best for you today may not be the same ones that work best for you next week or next month. The right recipes for you will likely change as your body's needs change.

With kidney failure, you will find the blood tests that are performed at the dialysis center change. Those test results will determine your diet. One month you may need more or less potassium, for example. As your needs change, so should your diet. The foods you eat and the way you prepare them will make a difference in those test results. Your dietitian can explain more about this to you.

I have friend and family who take dialysis treatments and some are permitted certain foods and others are restricted. The foods or restrictions on the diet are based on the individual and their own blood test results and so for any person to write a book that meets the needs of everyone on any given day is just not possible. As you read the book, and find recipes you like, always check with your dietitian to determine your own needs at that time. Be safe in trying these, or any, recipes.

When writing this book, I wanted to write not only recipes, but information about the kidneys and dialysis. It was very confusing when a loved one learned they would require dialysis. It was a life changing decision. Making the information available to those who are faced with the decision of what to do now that their kidneys have failed was important. I thought the book itself would be a great way to introduce them to kidney failure, dialysis, and diet changes all in one. It would be my hope that this book, and others like it, would make its way to the hands of those who are facing the same challenges my loved one faced. And that by giving it to them at the time they are going through this same thing would help them to understand dialysis and treatment options and that their love of food is not something in the past.

That is a pretty big order, I must admit, but it is one that I believe would benefit kidney dialysis patients, those who care for their friends and loved ones and those about to become dialysis patitents.

About the Author

The author has been a caregiver for nearly 25 years. Most recently to a family member with kidney failure. During the illness, information was, at best, confusing. In this book, he tries to make sense of the differen types of dialysis, diet, kidney functions and more. While this book may be titled Cookbook, it is so much more than cooking. It is understanding the body, and the options available.

The author writes this book to provide much needed information to the million people who have, or are expected to, experience kidney failure. In just a few short years, it is estimated there will be over a million people in the United States alone with kidney failure. Many will choose dialysis as their treatment option. Having been through the uncertainties with a loved one, the author wanted to make this information available to those who may need it.

Remember the two main causes of kidney failure are high blood pressure and diabetes. Eat healthy and stay healthy as long as you can.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; F First Edition edition (March 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449977529
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449977528
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #405,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book is very useful in helping plan meals for those who need to be on a diabetic diet before or while on dialysis.
The only week point in the book is that it does not do enough to discuss the nutritional value of the meals (carbs, sodium, sugars, etc.) to add in making sure that you do not exceed daily limits or so that you can make tradeoffs.
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Husband just started dialysis and finding good tasting food that fits within the guidelines for the potassium, phosphorous and sodium isn't easy. This book is a huge help, with a sense of humor on the side.
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I can't believe I wasted good money on this cookbook. While the explanations about the kidneys and dialysis was good almost all the recipes call for ingredients on the no-no list we were given. I was truly hoping for some good recipes for his stringent diet but all I got was a dent in my wallet.
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Got this to help my mother better understand my father's dialysis and dietary restrictions!! This has been very informative at a time when neither of them were prepared for such drastic changes. Quick delivery too!! Thank you!!! A+++
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The recipient of this book, a person with ESKD who is on dialysis, has told me that it contains many good recipes and cooking suggestions, so it appears to be quite useful. There don't seem to be many books of this type, despite the many people living with kidney disease and the difficulty of the diet.
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By glk on June 16, 2015
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This book has given me some insight to the renal side of eating for a person with CKD. I like the way it is written and presents the information. The recipes are easy and do NOT have alot of strange ingredients.
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By grandpa on December 30, 2011
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This cookbook is more than a cookbook. It is a road map for not only delicious meals but a change of lifestyle to match my condition. I am a dialysis patient.
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This cookbook help me quite a bit. It took the guess work out of preparing meals for my sister. My sister has been doing dialysis since January 2015. Preparing nutritional meals was a task for me. This book has recipes that are easy to follow and the whole family can enjoy them. The big plus was desserts. We always make room for dessert. This book was a blessing and a good find. Thank you
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