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Therapeutic Diets

Know How Many Calories You Should Eat
To avoid gaining weight over time, you should aim to burn up as many calories through basic metabolic function and physical activity as you take in. To know whether you're on track, you need to be able to estimate how many calories you need based on your age, gender and level of physical activity.

The calorie ranges shown in the table allow for the needs of people of different ages. Adults need fewer calories at older ages. 
Adapted from the American Heart Association:

 

 

Activity Level & Estimated Calorie Consumption

Gender

Age

Sedentary

Active

Very Active

Female

19-30
31-50
51+

2000
1800
1600

2000-2200
2000
1800

2400
2200
2000-2200

Male

19-30
31-50
51+

2400
2200
2000

2600-2800
2400-2600
2200-2400

3000
2800-3000
2400-2800

Sedentary: Only activities of daily life (ADLs)
Active: ADLs + walking 1.5 to 3 miles / day
Very Active: ADLs + walking more than 3 miles / day

Know what you should Weigh based on your Height.
Determine your Body Mass Index.

Ultimate table of foods for Carbohydrate Grams, Calories, Protein, Fat:
Click here for the
Nutrition Chart.

Nutrition Chart - Ascending Sort on Carbohydrate Grams. Over 6 pages of Low
Carb’ Foods under 4 grams per serving: Carbohydrate Count Sorted.

The American Heart Association has plenty of advice and tips on:
Low Fat Heart Healthy Diets. Check the Website: AHA.org

The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet is currently recommended
to limit Sodium (Salt) consumption and lower blood pressure. There are many links on
the Internet: DASH1DASH2, DASH3

Recently, there has been interest in the Mediterranean Diet. This diet emphasizes whole grains, nuts, extra virgin olive oil, fruits with moderate Omega 3 oils and avoids the high carbohydrate content of other low fat diets. 
Excellent study in the New England Journal of Medicine: Mediterranean Diet

For ordinary Weight Loss, try our Calorie Point Diet. 
This diet counts your calories assigning 75 Calories to 1 Point. 
If you limit yourself to about 13 or 14 Points daily, you are sure to lose weight !

If you have Calcium Oxalate Kidney Stones:
you may benefit from a Low Oxalate Diet. 
For a more complete list, try Low Oxalate Diet 2.
About 80% of kidney stones are composed of Calcium Oxalate.

If you have Gout or Uric Acid Kidney Stones: you may benefit from a Low Purine Diet. 
Dietary Purines are metabolized into Uric Acid. Uric Acid is poorly soluble and can percipitate into crystals within the joints causing acute severe inflammation (GOUT). In the kidney, Uric Acid can percipitate into stones. About 10% to 20% of kidney stones are Uric Acid. 

Potassium may accumulate in the blood of many patients with Kidney or Heart Disease. A high Potassium level can cause Muscle Weakness and, if severe, Lethal Cardiac Arrhythmias. You may benefit from a Low Potassium Diet.
 

If you take Coumadin / Warfarin as an anticoagulant you need a stable intake of
Vitamin K for a stable level of anticoagulation. Control your Vitamin K Intake.

If you have Diarrhea, Gastroenteritis or Lactose Intolerance the last thing you need
is more dietary Fiber. Reducing excessive fiber intake may help. Try a
Low Residue/Fiber Diet

Urinary Citrate is an Inhibitor of Calcium Oxalate Stone formation. If you have a measured deficiency of urinary citrate it can be increased with Oral supplements.
Click here for High Citrate Dietary Supplements

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