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Multiple Myeloma an incurable disease, but I have spent the last 25 years in remission using a blend of conventional oncology and evidence-based nutrition, supplementation, and lifestyle therapies from peer-reviewed studies that your oncologist probably hasn't told you about.

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Multiple Myeloma Diet for Kidney Involvement

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“A kidney-friendly diet may help to protect kidneys from further damage. In early CKD stages the adoption of healthy diet might slow glomerular filtration rate (GFR) decline and decrease the prevalence of complete kidney failure [].”

You or a loved one has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma. When you were told that you had MM, your oncologist mentioned serious kidney involvement as well. It is common for MM to clog a person’s kidneys. A key question then, is how can your multiple myeloma diet help both your multiple myeloma cancer AND your kidney damage?

When people, me included, are diagnosed with an incurable blood cancer, they:

  • get emotional (fear, depression, anger, etc.)
  • think about short-term solutions (weeks or months…)
  • think that surgery, chemotherapy and radiation are the solution to their health problems…

Negative emotions- A diagnosis of cancer is emotionally difficult. I get it. However by taking a deep breath, slowing down, and “working the problem” as the expression goes, will result in both a better quality and quantity of life, in my experience.

Short-term solutions- While I am the first to admit that conventional oncology has done a fantastic job of  learning how to stabilize newly diagnosed MM patients, I am also the first to admit that stabilizing the patient is only the first of many steps in the life of a MM survivor. I believe important therapy begins AFTER stabilizing one’s MM.

Surgery, chemo and radiation– in large doses, cause as many problems as they solve. Especially for kidney involvement. Toxic therapy is never the solution to the problem. At best, toxic therapies can stabilize the situation.

In my experience as a MM survivor, short-term thinking is…well…short-term. It creates problems for the newly diagnosed MM patient.  MM is a lifelong aka long-term problem.

Newly diagnosed multiple myeloma patients must understand two key facts. First,  conventional therapies don’t cure MM. Second, MM survivors don’t die from multiple myeloma. They die from the damage caused by both their MM as well as damage caused by conventional therapies taken to treat their MM.

The challenge with kidney involvement for the MM survivor, is that it is difficult to figure out what is causing your chronic kidney disease (CKD). Meaning, because the evaluation of toxic side effects caused by chemotherapy is arbitrary, a MM symptom may likely be a MM side effect.

Let’s get specific.

While the above linked blog posts document specific nutrition and supplementation, my research indicates that there are a host of evidence-based pro-kidney yet anti-MM foods and supplements available to MM survivors.

Surgery, chemo and radiation can be important therapies. But they are short-term fixes. My point is that we must manage multiple myeloma and our kidney health for our entire lives once we are diagnosed with multiple myeloma. I believe that your multiple myeloma diet and supplementation can be your long-term solution.

If you have any questions about your kidney health, scroll down the page, post a question or comment and I will reply to you ASAP.

Hang in there,

David Emerson

  • MM Survivor
  • MM Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

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The Effect of Diet on the Survival of Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease

“Individuals with CKD should introduce appropriate measures to hamper the progression of kidney function deterioration as well as prevent the development or progression of CKD-related diseases.

A kidney-friendly diet may help to protect kidneys from further damage. Patients with kidney damage should limit the intake of certain foods to reduce the accumulation of unexcreted metabolic products and also to protect against

  • hypertension,
  • proteinuria and
  • other heart and bone health problems…

A recent systemic study revealed that a healthy diet comprising many fruits and vegetables, fish, legumes, whole grains, and fibers and also the cutting down on red meat, sodium, and refined sugar intake was associated with lower mortality in people with kidney disease…

A kidney-friendly diet may help to protect kidneys from further damage. In early CKD stages the adoption of healthy diet might slow glomerular filtration rate (GFR) decline and decrease the prevalence of complete kidney failure []. Patients with kidney damage should limit the intake of certain foods to reduce the accumulation of unexcreted metabolic products but also to protect against hypertension, proteinuria and other heart and bone health problems…

Recent meta-analysis including seven studies involving 15,285 participants assessed mortality and the risk of progression to ESRD in CKD patients with healthy dietary patterns (rich in fruits, vegetables, fish, cereals, whole grains, and fibers, and deficient in red meat, salt, and refined sugars) and those with less healthy diet []. In most of studies (6 out of 7), healthy dietary patterns were consistently associated with lower mortality…

The Mediterranean diet, based on the consumption of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, olive and canola oil, herbs and spices and limiting red meat, has a low phosphorous content and has been shown to reduce plasma homocysteine, serum phosphorus, microalbuminuria, and cardiovascular risk [].

Huang et al. [] study demonstrated that adoption of a Mediterranean-like diet was associated with better kidney function, while low adherence to it resulted in poorer survival rates among individuals with CKD…

Conclusions-

Appropriate nutrition is vital for patients with CKD at all stages. Numerous studies indicate that diet rich in fruits, vegetables, fish, cereals, whole grains, fibers and polyunsaturated fatty acids but low in saturated fatty acids is beneficial for CKD patients.

Also, a very-low protein diet supplemented with amino acids and ketoacids (s-VLPD) was found to be safe and advantageous for patients with chronic kidney disease, especially at stages 4–5, due to the fact that it corrects proteinuria, blood pressure and hemoglobin and therefore it may prolong not only the dialysis-free period but also the survival. However, switching diets should be carefully consulted with a nephrologist and monitored by a dietician to avoid nutritional errors which can accelerate kidney function deterioration.”

 

 

 

 

 

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