Nutrition, CKD, and Diabetes: We are What We Eat
Level 3, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Q&A with Katy G. Wilkens, MS, RD, FNKF
Retired Nutrition & Fitness Services Manager,
KDIGO Diabetes and CKD Workgroup
What is your presentation about?
How international guidelines for care of people who have diabetes can delay or prevent the progression of kidney failure, saving hundreds of thousands of lives and billions of health care dollars.
What makes this topic important in 2022?
Over half of people on dialysis have diabetes. The combination of diabetes and chronic kidney disease has some of the worst outcomes in health care. Following international guidelines for care can save hundreds of thousands of lives, not just in the U.S., but worldwide.
How did you become involved with this area of diabetes research or care?
I have worked with dialysis patients and people with diabetes and chronic kidney disease for over 40 years. In teaching classes on how to delay the progression of CKD, the comment I have heard a thousand times is, “If only I had known about this sooner, I would have changed my diet!”
What are you most looking forward to at the 82nd Scientific Sessions?
Sharing the positive message that people with diabetes can delay or avoid chronic kidney disease and the misery and cost that comes with it by modest lifestyle changes. Looking to interact with health care providers who are as passionate about the interface of diabetes and chronic kidney disease as I am.