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The Importance of a Healthy Diet

It's important for patients with kidney disease and related conditions to limit their sodium and protein intake. As the disease progresses, it becomes necessary to limit one's phosphorus and potassium as well. While the body needs these minerals to maintain strong bones and muscles, kidneys that don’t function properly are unable to remove the excess. This can lead to dangerously high levels of phosphorous and potassium in the body, which cause calcium deposits in blood vessels and lungs, and can lead to irregular heartbeats or even a heart attack. Learn more about which foods contain high levels of these minerals, from the National Kidney Foundation.