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Diet Management In Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD): Ketogenic Diet – Part 3

Part 1 of this series described the fact that ADPKD is a metabolic reprogramming disease, which may benefit from novel diet strategies such as a ketogenic diet. Part 2 of this 3- part series discussed the use of a Plant-Focused Ketogenic Diet (PFKD) program for improved ADPKD outcomes. In Part 3 of this series, we will focus on meal planning, meal preparation and a food demonstration describing a “day in the life” when following a Plant-Focused Ketogenic Diet.

*Ms Bruen and Mr Sunwold are paid consultants of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc. (OPDC). Dr Frank is an employee of OPDC.

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Featured Speakers
Diana Bruen

Diana Bruen, MS, RDN

    Founder, Kidney Kindness Nutrition
    Creator, PKD Nutrition Academy*

Diana Bruen is a Registered Dietitian and the founder of Kidney Kindness Nutrition. She provides nutrition therapy and education to patients with Chronic Kidney Disease and Polycystic Kidney Disease. Diana received her master’s degree in Nutrition & Health Promotion from Simmons College and has been a Dietitian for over 14 years. She is a renal nutrition specialist with a focus on proactive nutrition for PKD and kidney health. Her research interests include plant-focused ketogenic therapy, pain modification through dietary intervention, and a plant-based diet with CKD. Diana also runs the PKD Nutrition Academy, a learning hub for all things PKD & Nutrition. Her vision is to bring science-based nutrition education to the PKD community on a wider scale with easier access for all. You can find her on Instagram @the.pkd.dietitian.

Duane Sunwold

Duane Sunwold

Culinary Expert
    Culinary Arts Faculty, Chef & Cooking Demonstrator*

Known as “Chef Duane”, Mr Sunwold is a graduate from the Culinary Arts Program at Spokane Community College where he is now a culinary arts instructor. He has been nominated twice into the Who’s Who of Community College Teacher by his students. Duane has cooked from country clubs to private resorts in the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest. Bill Gates’ family had Duane personally cater a private meal for one of their family celebrations. He has also been a guest chef, preparing meals for the athletes at the Calgary Winter Olympics in 1988.

Duane was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease in 2000. After 18 months of treatment, Duane changed his diet and started seeing significant improvements in his health. Today, Duane has been able to put his kidney disease into remission with the guidance of his medical team and his dietary changes. Because of these results, Duane volunteers for the National Kidney Foundation. His work includes being a past chairman and current member of the Patient Family Council, speaking before congressman in the Capital Building about kidney disease and health care reform, peer to peer mentoring with other kidney patients and is the chef for the National Kidney Foundation’s Kidney Kitchen.

Laura Frank

Laura Frank, PhD, MPH, RDN, CD

Nephrology Clinical & Scientific Liaison
    Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc.*

Laura Frank is a Medical Science Liaison (MSL) working in the nephrology space for Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development and Commercialization (OPDC). Dr Frank holds a PhD in exercise physiology, a MPH in epidemiology, a M.Ed in Nutrition & Dietetics, a BS in molecular biology and is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). She brings a clinical background to the field through her experiences as an acute-care clinical dietitian working with patients with renal diseases and related conditions. She also has a strong academic background with over 12 years of teaching experience and over 6 years of postdoctoral research. She has held several leadership positions such as director of clinical sites for Washington State University’s graduate program in Nutrition & Exercise Physiology and program manager for several projects and grants associated with healthcare organizations. She also has an interest in and holds a professional certificate in Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR), with experience in projects related to quality measures.