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Renal Diabetic Diet for Breakfast

By Janet Renee, MS, RD

A renal diabetic has developed kidney disease as a complication of diabetes. Having diabetes and kidney disease means you have to plan your meals carefully so that you follow the guidelines of your kidney diet while controlling your blood sugar. Controlling blood sugar helps slow the progression of kidney disease and prevents further complications of diabetes. Because nutritional needs are highly individual, it's crucial to consult your doctor regarding how to best meet your specific needs.

Controlling Blood Sugar

If hemodialysis is part of your treatment, your doctor may recommend limiting electrolytes such as phosphorus, potassium and sodium. When planning your breakfasts, take the electrolyte restriction into consideration, along with guidelines for controlling blood sugar. You can still eat well with diabetes and kidney disease by choosing low potassium and low phosphorous foods, limiting your milk and dairy intake and avoiding simple sugars such as candies, sodas, sweet deserts, jam and honey.

Common Breakfast Food Limitations

Because you have kidney disease, you must limit some foods that are typically allowed on a meal plan for diabetes. Limit milk, cheese and other dairy foods typically eaten for breakfast, such as yogurt, which are rich in phosphorous to one 4-ounce serving. You may need to avoid beans, dried fruit and refrigerated dough, such as biscuits and whole grains, since these are high in phosphorous. Limiting or avoiding high potassium fruit such as bananas and avocado can help you control your potassium intake.

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Good Options

Fruit is a common breakfast food. Fruits that are safe for renal patients include apples, apricots, blackberries, cherries, grapefruit, peaches, plums, raspberries and tangerines. Since you have diabetes, eat fruit with some form of protein to help keep your blood sugar stable. Eggs, tofu, ground turkey, 98 percent lean ground beef and low-sodium turkey bacon offer good protein options. Refined bread in the amounts recommended for your diabetes diet is a good option, because whole grain bread is high in phosphorous. Vegetables are kidney friendly and a nutritious source of carbohydrates for those with diabetes.

Renal Diabetic Breakfast Ideas

A veggie scramble with either whole eggs or egg whites and your favorite vegetables is a good option for a renal patient with diabetes. Ground turkey with bell peppers and one medium-size fruit is another good breakfast idea. One hard-boiled egg, one slice of white bread and a serving of cooked cereal is yet another breakfast option. You can also try a ground beef scramble with spinach, eggs, and your favorite vegetables.

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