National Kidney Foundation Offers New Brochure on Vitamins and Minerals in Kidney Disease

New York, NY (September 1, 1998) - To help dialysis patients understand the unique relationship between kidney failure and vitamin intake, the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) has developed "Vitamins and Minerals in Kidney Disease."

The brochure defines vitamins and minerals and explains why dialysis patients require different amounts of these substances than the general population, which supplements are necessary, how their bodies use vitamins and minerals and why certain vitamins may be harmful.

According to Marilyn Gammarino, RD, LD, member of NKF's Public Education Committee and Council on Renal Nutrition, "Almost all vitamins and minerals we need come from the foods we eat. Because of dietary restrictions, removal of certain nutrients during the dialysis treatment and the effect of certain medications, kidney patients may miss adequate amounts of certain nutrients, requiring them to take special supplements. On the other hand, since the kidneys can no longer work to get rid of certain substances, some nutrients can build up to harmful levels in the body. This new brochure will clarify these special needs and serve as a resource for kidney patients and their families."

The National Kidney Foundation is dedicated to preventing kidney and urinary tract diseases, improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases, and increasing the availability of all organs for transplantation.

For free single copies of "Vitamins and Minerals in Kidney Disease" or to order bulk quantities call the foundation at (800) 622-9010.