Sep 20, 2019
Approved for: 1.5 **
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.
Faculty: Donald Wesson, MD
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members