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Kidney Week

Clinical Practice Session

I Want Muscle: The Goods and Bads of Nutrition and Exercise in Kidney Diseases

October 25, 2020 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location: On-Demand

Session Description

Recent developments in nutrition and exercise research inform the ideal approach to help patients maintain muscle health. Meanwhile, current trends in nutrition and exercise, such as protein supplements, fad diets, and marathon running, may harm kidney health. This session describes both positive and negative effects of nutrition and exercise interventions across the spectrum of kidney diseases to guide changes in clinical practice.

Learning Objective(s)

  • Discuss how to adopt current nutrition guidelines to prevent muscle wasting in kidney diseases
  • Describe potential harms of protein supplements and fad diets on kidney health
  • Identify exercise prescriptions to promote muscle health and how to integrate them into practice
  • Specify potential harms of extreme exercise on kidney health

Learning Pathway(s)

  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Dialysis


  • Cynthia Delgado, MD, FASN
  • Kenneth Robert Wilund, PhD


  • Applying Nutrition Guidelines to Prevent Muscle Wasting in Kidney Diseases
    10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    Allon N. Friedman, MD, FASN
  • Potential Harms of Dietary Supplements and Fad Diets on Kidney Health
    10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Anthony Meade, RD 
  • Exercise Recommendations to Promote Muscle Mass in Adults with Kidney Diseases
    11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    James Burton, MD, MBChB 
  • Potential Harms of "Extreme Exercise" on Kidney Health
    11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    Sherry Mansour, MD, MS