DEAR DR. ROACH: In a recent column, you wrote "nearly everyone can reduce their heart disease risk by having a diet with very little meat but high in vegetables, legumes and nuts, along with whole grains and fruits." Because of poorly functioning kidneys, my kidney doctor has told me I need to stick to a diet low in potassium, which means avoiding legumes, nuts and whole grains. I do eat lots of vegetables and fruits, but I do have to eat meat to get protein. I also have diabetes. What advice have you for me? -- R.S.

ANSWER: Your best bet is the personalized advice that will come from a visit with a registered dietitian nutritionist, who has training and expertise to work with you on foods you like that are both low in potassium and appropriate for a person with diabetes.

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