Kidney transplant patient can manage diabetes and overall health through sustainable diet.
CASE STUDY & SUCCESS STORIES
Age: 57 yrs
BMI: 32 kg/m2
Case history: Dwijain is a Kidney transplant patient and approached us to lower his high sugar levels as he was afraid that the high dosage of medications that he was taking to control high sugar levels would impact his kidneys adversely. His HbA1c level was 7.4 and was taking 36 units of insulin to maintain his sugar levels. He used to suffer from UTI quite frequently which depicted that his overall immunity was very low. Every episode of UTI would require a strong dosage of antibiotics, which further added to the load on the kidneys. His urine reports showed presence of sugar and pus cells in the urine thus, indicating diabetes-related kidney problems. In addition, his creatinine levels were 1.1 which indicated that his food habits and lifestyle was impacting his kidneys.
Approach by thebest dietician in Hyderabad, Telangana, India: Since he got his kidney transplanted, we gave him low glycaemic load foods with whole grains. As he is an eggetarian, we gave him to have only 0.7 grams of protein per ideal body weight in order to make his kidney feel lighter by reducing burden on it and at the same time ensuring that his body was getting adequate amino acids that would help with long term good health. We provided him with efficient & complete vegetarian protein diet with omega-rich seeds and vegan protein such as hemp milk to reduce his load on his kidney.Adequate protein requires sufficient vegetables to keep the body alkaline and therefore variety of vegetables (not so overcooked) were given in every meal. We further included whole food and as his liver health was good, we included sufficient good fats in his diet such as almond milk which helped him to remain full for hours and keep his sugar levels in check. We advised him to have seasonal fruits that had low glucose such as papaya, pomegranates, , guava, apples, etc.
Results: Within 10 days, his blood sugar levels had reduced and the doctor reduced his insulin to 10 units for the whole day. In his 3-month report, his creatinine levels dropped down to 0.9 from 1.1. Within 3 months, his sugar levels further dropped and therefore his doctors did not feel the need to give anymore insulin and he continued to be without any insulin with his fasting sugar levels at 100 mg/dl. Moreover, his UTI episodes reduced significantly and did not have any episodes for 1.5 years that he has been working with us. His wife further mentioned that this was the first time in the last couple of years that he had not visited the hospital. Otherwise, he would have to go to the hospital every month due to some health issues.
Deepika Chalasani is a Clinical Nutritionist, Mind and Body Transformation Coach and co-founder of Fit4Life India, an integrated nutrition and wellness organization for Indians that provides complete solutions, addressing health and wellness challenges of individuals by working on their overall well-being. Deepika, best nutritionist in Hyderabad for weight loss and online dietician can be contacted via email email@example.com or Mobile +91 9491011202
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