Food First: Treating CKD with Diet

CME/CE Activity

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), an accredited provider by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation*, an accredited provider by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) and an accredited provider by the Association for Social Work Boards (ASWB) to provide continuing education to physicians, nurses/dialysis technicians, dietitians and social workers respectively. In addition, individual activities are approved on an activity specific basis for family physicians, advanced practitioners (nurse practitioners and physician assistants), pharmacists, certified case managers, certified rehabilitation counselors, and other specialties.

*Activity approvals: Prior to January 2012 through the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA); January 2012-December 2012 through the Ohio Nurses Association (ONA).

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Sep 20, 2019
Dietary interventions have been shown to benefit several CKD complications and unfortunately are underused.  We argue that diet should be the first CKD interventions with pharmacotherapy being adjunctive. Strong evidence supports that diet in CKD has the following benefits: improved blood pressure control, control of serum phosphate, and improvement of metabolic acidosis.  Emerging evidence supports that diet is also beneficial for the following: slowing nephropathy progression and improving the bad CVD risk profile for CKD. Finally, we argue that the goal for CKD management should focus on reducing CVD risk, not just resolving immediate CKD complications, because CKD patients are much more likely to die of CVD than to reach ESRD.  This activity will teach learners that diet is an effective way to reduce CVD risk and might do so better than pharmacotherapy. 
Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Donald Wesson, MD
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members