|[July 28, 2011]
DaVita Offers Kidney-Friendly Recipes to Beat the Heat
DENVER --(Business Wire)--
Inc. (NYSE: DVA), a leading provider of kidney care services for
those diagnosed with end stage renal disease (ESRD) and chronic kidney
disease (CKD), is highlighting kidney-friendly
recipes to beat the summer heat blistering much of the country.
DaVita® has worked with expert dieticians throughout the country to
create tasty alternatives to such summertime frozen favorites such as
ice cream and milkshakes, which are typically off-limits to dialysis
patients. Milk-based recipes are particularly high in potassium, which
can cause an irregular heartbeat, and high in phosphorous, which can
lead to dangerous calcium deposits in the blood vessels, lungs, eyes,
and heart. While dialysis cleans these out of the blood, dialysis
patients must limit their phosphorous and potassium intake between
"Our solution is a collection of frozen recipes that call for
lowphosphorus ingredients to replace milk," says DaVita dietitian Megan
Buckendahl, who is also a former DaVita dialysis patient and kidney
transplant recipient. "We've also rounded up some delicious frozen
treats for fruit lovers. Kidney patients can still enjoy kidney-friendly
versions of all their summer favorites."
summer recipes are offered on the DaVita website, including a citrus
shake that uses sherbet instead of ice cream; home-style vanilla ice
cream based on nondairy creamer instead of milk or cream; and a blended
watermelon summer cooler drink with fresh watermelon, lime juice, and
ice. All of the highlighted recipes include nutrient information,
portion counts for renal and renal diabetic patients, carbohydrate
choices, and helpful hints.
These and other recipes can be found on DaVita's website under the
"Kidney Friendly Recipes" tab at www.davita.com.
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DaVita Inc., a Fortune 500® company, is a leading provider of kidney
care in the United States, delivering dialysis services and education to
patients with chronic kidney failure and end stage renal disease. As of
March 31, 2011, DaVita operated or provided administrative services at
1,642 dialysis facilities, serving approximately 128,000 patients.
DaVita develops, participates in and donates to numerous programs
dedicated to transforming communities and creating positive, sustainable
change for children, families and our environment. The company's
leadership development initiatives and corporate social responsibility
efforts have been recognized by Fortune, Modern Healthcare,
Newsweek and WorldBlu, among others. For more information,
please visit www.davita.com.
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