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Diet and Lifestyle Are Key in Preventing and Managing Kidney Disease

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As a chef and instructor at a culinary school Duane Sunwold knows a lot about food. But when he received a diagnosis of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in 2000, he discovered he still had a lot to learn.

During the first 2 years after his diagnosis, Sunwold gained 60 pounds because of the medications he was taking, and his creatinine level reached 4.9 mg/dL, just shy of the requirement for dialysis. He tried three different nephrologists. Finally, his current doctor recommended that he try a plant-based diet. It wasn’t easy, but within 2 weeks, he began to feel better. And

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