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Katie Lee Joel to Conduct Free, Hands-On, Holiday Cooking Demonstration for Local Patients With Chronic Kidney Disease
Date:12/7/2007

during the customary family meals around this time of year. Through the cookbook and tomorrow's demonstration, I want to show patients that cooking kidney- and diabetes-friendly food is not a sentence to boring food, and that these tasty meals can be enjoyed by the entire family year round."

Katie will be joined tomorrow by MAR Catering's Corporate Executive Chef Rufino Rengifo and renal dietitian and certified diabetes educator Marianne Hutton, who helped develop Kidney Friendly Comfort Foods, Volume II. In addition to demonstrating recipes from the cookbook, Katie and Rufino will show attendees how to cook a kidney-friendly version of a holiday recipe developed by Rufino, while Marianne will provide helpful dietary tips.

"I have had previous experience modifying recipes for individuals with certain health conditions, and was excited to work with Katie and Shire on this kidney-friendly cooking demonstration," said Rufino. "Although I adjusted my recipe for turkey breast served with cranberry sauce to specifically address CKD patients' dietary requirements, the recipe remains both delicious and appropriate for the holiday season."

Chronic kidney disease is a growing problem in the United States. In fact, approximately 20 million adult Americans have some form of CKD and almost 500,000 of these people have developed the most advanced form of kidney disease, CKD Stage 5, and currently are receiving dialysis. Almost half of newly diagnosed kidney patients on dialysis developed kidney disease because of diabetes.

It is important for people with CKD Stage 5 to follow a low phosphorus diet because most dialysis patients will develop hyperphosphatemia (high serum phosphorus levels in the blood). Excess phosphorus in the blood can be associated with serious consequences, including mineral deposits in the heart and blood vessels, bone disease and even death. Because phosphorus is found in so many foods, patients often cannot reach target blood pho
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