Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Health and Nutritional Sciences

First Advisor

Matthew Vukovich


dietary intervention, lipid profile, renal transplant, transplantation, weight gain


Objective: The goal of this study was to determine if there is an association between educational interventions by a RD and weight in the twelve months’ post-transplantation. A secondary aim is to study trends in blood lipid profiles in participants and the number of times visited with a RD.
Methods: A retrospective study of electronic medical records from consenting, de-identified RTR at a Midwest transplant center were collected. Specific biological and anthropometric measures were analyzed.
Results: Patients that met with the out-patient dietitian more frequently (4 to 9 times) experienced less weight gain than patients that only saw the RD once. Changes in LDL, HDL and TGs were greater in the patients with the most visits compared to those with less frequent visits. Females saw no significant change among tertiles. Males who had greater than four visits lost more weight and had improved BMIs compare to male patients who visited with a clinical dietitian only one time.
Conclusions: Renal transplant recipients experienced less weight gain and had lower BMIs at 12-months post-transplant if they saw the out-patient dietitian four to nine times compared to the patients that only had one to two visits. As for the secondary aim, male participants experienced improved LDL and TG levels with increased visits to the RD. Female participants did not see any significant changes in measured variables.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Nutrition counseling.
Kidneys -- Transplantation -- Patients -- Nutrition.


Includes bibliographical references (pages 24-30)



Number of Pages



South Dakota State University

Included in

Nutrition Commons



Rights Statement

In Copyright