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Top Foods for Elderly with Kidney Disease

By Rick Cohen, 9:00 am on

Affecting 26 million adults, including many seniors, kidney disease can often be managed through a combination of medication and diet. Foods rich in antioxidants that fend off cell-damaging, irregular molecules should be at the heart of any diet for seniors with kidney disease. Here are a few suggestions, from the experienced staff at Milwaukee Home Care Assistance.

Red Bell Peppers

Easily incorporated into many meals seniors already enjoy, red bell peppers are chock-full of fiber and low in potassium, making this tasty vegetable ideal for a kidney-friendly diet. Red bell peppers also contain vitamins A, B6, and C along with plenty of antioxidants.

Cauliflower

When mashed, cauliflower can be a suitable replacement for mashed potatoes on a dialysis diet. This veggie is also packed with vitamin C, fiber, and various compounds that can neutralize toxins in the liver that may damage cells.

Cabbage

Loaded with fiber and high in vitamins C and K, cabbage makes a great addition to a senior’s kidney diet. Raw cabbage can also be steamed or enjoyed as coleslaw without losing any of the nutritional benefits. The phytochemicals in cabbage also help destroy free radicals and offer protection against some cancers.

Garlic

Whether fresh, minced, powdered, or bottled, garlic can be a healthy addition to a senior kidney diet in all forms. It can also help lower cholesterol and reduce inflammation. Onions offer similar benefits.

Apples

Rich in anti-inflammatory compounds and fiber, apples make a great addition to any diet. This versatile fruit can be enjoyed alone or paired with other healthy fruits and veggies for an added health boost.

Another option for seniors is to follow the DASH diet, a standard recommendation for patients with kidney disease. Primarily consisting of fruits, veggies, nuts, low-fat and non-fat dairy, seeds, and beans, it’s a diet designed to optimize cholesterol levels and lower blood pressure. Seniors are encouraged to check with their doctor before starting any diet

Learn more about senior health and wellness from the friendly staff at Home Care Assistance. We offer flexible live-in, hourly, and respite care in Milwaukee, including healthy meal preparation, assistance with physical exercise, and mental stimulation, to ensure seniors are able to maintain a high quality of life in the comfort of home. For more information, call (414) 964-8000 and schedule a complimentary in-home consultation.