Kidney Disease Patients Abstain from Eating Tempe, Myth or Fact?

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – There is an opinion that patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) should not eat tempeh because it can worsen the condition. Clinical nutrition specialist at the University of Indonesia Hospital (RSUI), dr. Anna Maurina Singal, M.Gizi, Sp.GK(K) denied it. According to him, soybeans as raw material for tempeh contain isoflavones which can help slow down the worsening of kidney failure.

“Soybeans are often considered one of the foodstuffs that are not good for the kidneys. In fact, soybeans contain isoflavones which can actually help slow down the progression of the disease. kidney failure chronic, “he said.

According to Anna, soy can also help maintain nutritional status in patients on dialysis. He did not prohibit the consumption of soy, but patients should pay attention to the amount of intake. In addition to tempeh, green vegetables which partially contain potassium are also often considered to worsen the condition of kidney problems.

Anna gave tips on how to process vegetables safely, including peeling them and putting them in cold water so they don’t darken, then slicing them about 3 mm thick. After that, rinse the vegetables with warm water for a few seconds, soak for at least two hours in warm water.

“Use ten times the amount of water for the amount of vegetables. If soaking is longer, change the water every four hours,” he said.

Next, rinse the vegetables in warm water again for a few seconds and cook the vegetables in five times the amount of water.

“Restrictions on fruit and vegetable intake are very individual in each patient, so it is important to adjust them to blood potassium levels,” said Anna.

Anna reminded the kidneys function to remove waste substances in the body such as urea and ammonia. If the kidneys have problems, these wastes will be retained and result in metabolic disorders. Those who have kidney failure are at high risk of protein malnutrition energy wasting (PEW). Malnutrition can lead to an increase in the degree of chronic kidney failure.

Therefore, diet management for patients with chronic renal failure is very important. Anna then mentioned several important things for chronic kidney failure patients, namely monitoring and knowing the current condition of kidney function and related metabolism, meeting calorie needs according to current conditions, meeting protein, fat, carbohydrate, vitamin, mineral needs according to current and active conditions. in doing physical activity.

“Each patient has their own kidney function, so it’s important to have regular lab checks. In addition, don’t hesitate to consult a nutritionist or dietitian regarding the right diet for patients with diabetes. Kidney illness chronic, “he said.

Also read: Beware of Unusual Symptoms of Kidney Disease

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