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Figure 1 An editorial in a February issue of American Family Physician proposed a simple way for physicians to communicate treatment priorities for patients with type 2 diabetes. Their "hand" illustration re-prioritizes treatment goals. It conveys that glycemic control or blood sugar (BS) control is no longer the top...
 
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An expert panel formed by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute published the Eighth Joint National Committee (JNC-8) in the Journal of the American Medical Association. These latest recommendations focused mainly on the pharmaceutical treatment of hypertension (HTN). Two key recommendations that differ from the prior 2003 JCP-7...
 
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Adding fruits and vegetables to the diet may help protect the kidneys of patients with stage 4 chronic kidney disease (CKD) with too much acid build-up in their blood. Western diets composed largely of animal and grain products are highly acidic and can lead to metabolic acidosis. As kidney disease progresses the ability of CKD ... More Fruits and Vegetables for Kidney Patients
 
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The human body needs phosphates, which are part of phospholipids, ATP, and numerous other organic compounds necessary for life. However, like salt, retinol, and many other nutrients, there is growing concern that an excessive dietary intake of phosphates can promote metabolic changes that contribute to serious ills. Modern diets...
 
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Many people regularly consume a lot of water and other fluids daily believing it is healthy. A recent Canadian community study found that 4.4% of the people had protein in their urine and yet had no known risk factors for kidney damage such as hypertension or diabetes. These people...