Sunday, June 25, 2023

How should dialysis patients eat?

 Dialysis patients need to follow a specific diet to help manage their condition. Here are some general guidelines for a dialysis diet:

  • Eat more high protein foods and less high salt, high potassium, and high phosphorus foods
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  • Limit the amount of fluid you drink, including coffee, tea, water, and any food that is liquid at room temperature
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  • Choose low-potassium fruits and vegetables, such as grapes, pineapple, lettuce, green beans, and cucumber
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  • Avoid processed meats such as hot dogs and canned chili, which have high amounts of sodium and phosphorus
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  • Include a protein with every meal and snack, such as lean meat, poultry, fish, and egg whites
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  • Limit cured and deli meats while shopping to help with reducing your sodium intake
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It's important to work with a renal dietitian to create a food plan that guides your daily food choices
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 A renal dietitian has special training in caring for the food and nutrition needs of people with kidney disease
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 Your nutrition needs may vary depending on the type of dialysis treatment you receive
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In addition to following a specific diet, dialysis patients should also take their prescribed medications and have the hemodialysis treatments their health professional orders for them
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Remember that each person's dialysis diet may be a little different, so it's important to talk with your healthcare provider about your specific nutrition needs
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If you have any questions or concerns about your diet, be sure to talk to your healthcare provider or a renal dietitian.

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