Unless you have kidney disease, you may not think about the phosphorus in your foods. But when you have kidney disease, phosphorus is one of the key nutrients you are told to keep track of and manage. What makes phosphorus so important?
Keeping the right level of phosphorus in your body can affect the health of your bones, heart, and blood vessels. Phosphorus can be controlled through diet and medicines, and there can be serious consequences of not managing phosphorus in the right way. Although controlling phosphorus intake may come with challenges, there are ways to continue enjoying food while maintaining a healthy level of nutrients in your body.
Our speaker, Carolyn Feibig, is a registered dietitian who specializes in diet planning for people with kidney disease. Ms. Feibig will discuss:
- The relationship of phosphorus to kidney disease
- The ways to manage phosphorus through diet and medicine
- The consequences of not managing phosphorus well
Carolyn Feibig, MS, RD, LD
Carolyn is originally from Saint Louis, MO and has been a dietitian in the Washington, D.C. area since 2011. Currently, she is the Kidney Transplant Dietitian at The George Washington University Hospital. Prior to her current role, she worked for a dialysis company as a dietitian. She found her passion for renal nutrition when her nephew was born with only one kidney. In her career she seeks out opportunities to educate the general public about the importance of early detection of kidney disease and the importance of a healthy diet for kidney health. She currently volunteers with the American Kidney Fund, the National Kidney Foundation, and is on the NKF’s Capital Area Medical Advisory Board. Currently she is working with George Mason University, the University of DC, and the American Kidney Fund on a diet compliance research grant for dialysis patients. In her spare time you can find Carolyn walking all over Washington, D.C. taking pictures searching for new and delicious restaurants or farmers markets.