Dietary practices differ greatly among individuals by race and ethnicity. The importance of these differences is accentuated in patients with end-stage renal disease, a population for whom dietary restrictions are often prescribed. In addition to the known variation in dietary practices among US-born whites and African-Americans, persons of other ethnicities often present new and unique challenges to the dialysis-nutrition care team. The UCSF-Mt. Zion Dialysis Unit (San Francisco, CA) is a university-affiliated dialysis unit that serves an ethnically diverse population in San Francisco's Western Addition neighborhood. Ten percent to 15% of patients are recent immigrants from the former Soviet Union. This report highlights the dietary practices of this immigrant community and the need for ethnicity-specific renal nutrition recommendations in modern dialysis practice.
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