Nutritional Management of Chronic Renal Failure for Two Purposes: Postponing Onset and Reducing Frequency of Dialysis

  • Ralph A. Nelson
  • C. F. Anderson
  • James C. Hunt
  • Joyce Margie


A program to offer nutritional support to patients with chronic renal failure (CRF) was developed in the early 1970s, representing a joint effort between disciplines of nutrition and nephrology for the purpose of postponing the need for dialysis or kidney transplantation.(1) Objectives of the program were
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    To retard or inhibit progression from chronic renal failure to end-stage renal disease (ESRD).

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    To keep patients working, out of the hospital, and living a useful life.

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    To postpone the psychosocial problems associated with entry into a dialysis or transplant program.

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    To save money.

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    To use available food or not to resort to highly purified mixtures of essential amino acids.



Chronic Renal Failure Restricted Diet Renal Osteodystrophy Nutritional Management Metabolic Water 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ralph A. Nelson
    • 1
  • C. F. Anderson
    • 2
  • James C. Hunt
    • 3
  • Joyce Margie
    • 4
  1. 1.Division of Research, Carle Foundation Hospital, and College of MedicineUniversity of IllinoisUrbanaUSA
  2. 2.Department of MedicineMayo Medical SchoolRochesterUSA
  3. 3.University of TennesseeMemphisUSA
  4. 4.SummitUSA

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