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Fats provide energy, protect organs from injury, help to maintain a constant body temperature, and aid absorption of some vitamins. To keep your heart healthy, try to use more unsaturated fats, which are liquid at room temperature

Fats get a lot of bad press, and many of us eat more fat than we should. But our bodies need fat to produce energy, protect organs from injury, keep a constant temperature, and help absorb some vitamins. Learn how to create dialysis-friendly foods in our Recipe Center.

Diabetes, Fats And Heart Disease

People on dialysis are at a higher risk of heart disease. And with diabetes, this risk is even higher. This means that choosing heart-healthy fats is even more important for you than it is for everyone else.

What is heart-healthy? Fats that are liquid at room temperature (unsaturated) are less likely to form artery-clogging plaques that can damage your heart. Fats that are solid at room temperature, like meat fat, margarine, and butter, are saturated, and it is best to eat less of these.

Which of these unsaturated fats do you think you might add to your meal plan while receiving dialysis treatments?

  • Olive oil (good on salads or for frying)
  • Canola oil
  • Sesame oil (highly flavored–good in stir frys)
  • Walnut or avocado oil—good in salad dressings
  • Fatty fish—salmon, tuna, herring
  • Safflower or sunflower oil
  • Corn oil
  • Cottonseed oil
  • Soybean oil


Content from Kidney School, a program of the Medical Education Institute, Inc.