CKD Stage 4 Diet

In our daily life, fish appears commonly in our foods, but for patients with Stage 4 Kidney Disease, some of them can eat fish but some others are recommended to limit. If you are admitted by the doctor online to eat fish, you can get the f

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Can Stage 4 Kidney Disease Patient Eat Fish

2014-04-18 02:22

Can Stage 4 Kidney Disease Patient Eat FishIn our daily life, fish appears commonly in our foods, but  for patients with Stage 4 Kidney Disease, some of them can eat fish but some others are recommended to limit. If you are admitted by the doctor online to eat fish, you can get the following benefits. 

High quality protein

Patients in stage 4 kidney disease are required to eat limited amount of protein, so patients should eat high quality protein, which can alleviate the burden of kidney and assure the protein supply. In this term, fish is a good for choice for patients, since fish is rich in high quality protein.

Anti-inflammatory fatty acid (omega-3s)

Kidney disease patients in stage 4 usually have hyperlipidemia, and anti-inflammatory fats can help to treat hyperlipidemia. Anti-inflammatory fatty acid (omega-3s) are an ingredient of fish. It can increase the amount of high density lipoprotein (HDL) and decrease the amount of low density lipoprotein (LDL). High density lipoprotein bring lipid to liver to catabolite, while low density lipoprotein transport lipid to tissues to restore. Thus, anti-inflammatory fats (omega-3s) can reduce lipid, triglyceride and LDL in blood reducing the risk of related diseases, such as heart disease and stroke.

Anti-inflammatory fatty acid also helps to decrease the inflammatory in kidney.

Fish highest in omega-3s include albacore tuna, herring, mackerel, rainbow and salmon.

Vitamin D

Many patients in stage 4 have bone problems. Fish contain vitamin D, which contributes to calcium absorption. Eating fish with calcium can get better effects on treating bone problems, enhancing density of bones.

Though fish benefits patients in so many ways, there are some notes should be notice when people eat fish.

Fish may have some elements that are limited for patients. For example, patients who have hyperphosphatemia should limit phosphorus intake. They can consult their dietitians for advice.

Fish oil contained in fish in high dose may have negative effect on patients’ immunity, which can increase patients’ risk of getting infected. Infection may be fatal to patients with Stage 4 Kidney Disease. From this respect, patients should be cautious of eating too much fish.

Cooking method is very important. Eating broiled or baked fish appears to reduce the risk of heart disease, but eating fried fish or fish sandwiches not only cancels out the benefits of fish oil, but may actually increase heart disease risk. Salted fish is high in sodium is not recommended.

As there are advantages and disadvantages of eating fish in stage 4, patients should weight the advantages and disadvantages to choose right kind and amount for them. Their dieticians also can give them some help.

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