To coincide with World Kidney Day on March 9, a group of Irish dietitians have launched a new website for patients with kidney disease.
t is estimated that up to 280,000 individuals in Ireland have Chronic Kidney Diease (CKD), with diet playing a huge part of treatment for patients.
Changing diet can be a difficult time for those diagnosed, and IrishKidneyDiet.ie was launched by a group of dietitians from the Renal Interest Group of the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute to create an educational website for patients and their carer, covering all aspects of the renal diet.
Until now, the only sites on offer for people with CKD were American or Canadian, and weren't fully suitable for the Irish patient group due to differences in teaching methods.
Bernice Moore, Senior Renal Dietitian at Beaumont Hospital and one of the founders of the website told Independent.ie that IrishKidneyDiet.ie was created to help both the patient and their families or carers.
"With kidney disease, quite substantial changes have to be made to the patients diets and it can be very difficult to follow.
"Because of the way things are now and how things are changing online, we created the website as an opportunity for patients and their families to get information.
"Often it's the carers or family members that do the cooking, so this website can support them. It contains over 40 recipes, a selection of meal plans and fact sheets on salt and other minerals in relation to kidney disease. It will also have seasonal articles throughout the year, such as at Christmas and barbecue season."
Visit irishkidneydiet.ie for more information.