Diabetes & Nutrition

Diabetics with chronic kidney failure must maintain a healthy diet and balance the many nutrients that the body requires. Working closely with the endocrinologist, nephrologist and primary care doctor is key.


Most people with diabetes have learned how to increase their protein intake while reducing carbs and sugars. But a diabetic with CKD must be aware of how much protein they consume and speak with their nephrologist regarding how much protein is recommended for them. Kidneys with decreased function are unable to properly remove protein and this can lead to a buildup of toxins in the body.

Other Nutrients

Carbohydrates, fats and sugars still need to be limited in order to avoid blood sugar spikes. Sodium and phosphorus are also nutrients that need to be limited in order to preserve the kidneys.

Healthy Food Options

These foods are typically good picks for those with diabetes and kidney disease.

  • Apples
  • Grapes
  • Cauliflower
  • Asparagus
  • Lean meats & fish
  • Egg whites
  • White bread
  • Pasta