On this week’s show, Amy and Dr. B are joined by Dr. Mandip S. Kang, MD, FASN, to discuss food, kidney health, kidney disease, and how they all tie together with his book, The Doctor’s Kidney Diets: A Nutritional Guide to Managing and Slowing the Progression of Chronic Kidney Disease. Dr. Kang starts by discussing what he learned during his training in nephrology that led him to write his book. He gives a brief rundown of kidney functions in the body before describing the three most common kinds of kidney disorders: congenital kidney disease, acute kidney injury, and chronic kidney disease (CKD). The gang discusses some of the ways that CKD can arise, such as high blood pressure and diabetes, as well as other kidney conditions like glomerulonephritis. Next, as per usual, Dr. B shifts the conversation to food, as they discuss the ways in which food and obesity can affect kidney health. They discuss dietary tips, nutrient deficiencies, and the impact of water filtration on the kidneys. Also, why is starfruit a big no-no for those with kidney disease? Dr. Kang closes out the show with a couple of kidney-conscious food options.
You can find Dr. Kang’s book, The Doctor’s Kidney Diets: A Nutritional Guide to Managing and Slowing the Progression of Chronic Kidney Disease, on Amazon, Square One Publishers, and wherever books are sold.