A patient taking prednisone for immunosuppression after a kidney transplant wants to know what lifestyle changes he needs to make. The nurse instructs him to eat a diet low in what nutrient while taking prednisone?


• To counteract some of the side effects of corticosteroids, the patient's diet should be low in sodium and carbohydrates, and high in potassium, calcium, and protein.

• Side effects of corticosteroids includes fluid retention and edema, hyperglycemia, osteoporosis, protein catabolism, and hypokalemia.

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