Diet and nutrition

After your lung transplant, you may need to adjust your diet to stay healthy. Maintaining a healthy weight through diet and exercise can help you avoid complications such as high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes.

Your Mayo Clinic transplant team includes a nutrition specialist (dietitian) who can discuss your nutrition and diet needs and answer any questions you may have after your transplant.

Your Mayo Clinic dietitian will provide you with several healthy food options and ideas to use in your eating plan. Your dietitian's recommendations may include:

  • Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables each day
  • Eating whole-grain breads, cereals and other products
  • Drinking low-fat or fat-free milk or eating other low-fat or fat-free dairy products, to help maintain enough calcium in your body
  • Eating lean meats, such as fish or poultry
  • Maintaining a low-salt diet
  • Avoiding unhealthy fats, such as saturated fats or trans fats
  • Avoiding grapefruit and grapefruit juice due to their effects on a group of immunosuppressive medications (calcineurin inhibitors)
  • Avoiding excessive alcohol
  • Staying hydrated by drinking adequate water and other fluids each day
  • Following food safety guidelines to reduce the risk of infection

International patients

International patients can request an appointment at any Mayo Clinic location.

Appointment requests for international patients