Will I have to watch my diet after a Kidney Transplant?
Yes, your diet still plays a big role after a kidney transplant. It is important to keep a healthy weight and exercise regularly. A healthy, balanced diet will help prevent high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and excess weight gain and promote overall wellness and health.
After a kidney transplant, try following a diet low in salt and high in fiber. A balanced diet includes a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, reduced-fat dairy products, whole grains and plenty of water.
You may also need to avoid eating certain types of foods. Your healthcare team can help you understand which food items you should consume and what all you should avoid- and why. To gain more knowledge about kidney transplant, consult at Fortis Hospitals for it is known to be one of the finest kidney hospitals in Bangalore.
Why do I need to avoid certain foods?
After your kidney transplant, you will need to take special medicines. These medicines help lower the chances of your new kidney being rejected by your body. Taking these medicines increases your risk for getting sick from germs, such as bacteria. Some germs cause bacterial infections. Some bacterial infections can be picked up from food. You can help lower your chances of infection from food by:
- Handling foods safely, like washing your hands often.
- Being careful while eating out.
- Avoid certain ‘high-risk’ foods because they are more likely to have bacteria that can lead to infection.
Due to unwanted weight gain, it’s important to make healthy food choices and stick to appropriate portion sizes. It is advised to avoid fatty foods.
Some of the High-Risk Foods to Avoid after Kidney Transplant
It is recommended to avoid foods that are spoiled or have expired.
Meat, fish and poultry
Raw or uncooked:
- Meat, poultry and fish
- Prawns or shrimp
- Clams and oysters
- Unpasteurized milk, cheese or yogurt
- Uncooked or undercooked eggs and any products containing of the same
Fruits and vegetables
- Grapefruit or grapefruit juice and pomegranate
- Unwashed raw fruits and damaged fruits
- Unwashed raw vegetables
- Unpasteurized juices or ciders
- Bean sprouts
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