Can I prevent the need for dialysis?

Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Medicine

Preventing the need for dialysis is, first and foremost, preventing chronic kidney disease (CKD).  Chronic kidney disease may be caused by high blood pressure, diabetes and other disorders.  Close monitoring and treatment of these illnesses are  necessary to keep CKF from getting worse. Early detection of the progression of kidney disease is so important.    Seek medical attention for any of these disorders.


Dialysis is required when the kidneys are in failure. The diseases that most commonly lead to kidney failure are diabetes and high blood pressure. Therefore, you may be able to prevent the eventual need for dialysis with a healthy diet, exercise, and regular checkups.

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Healthy kidneys remove waste from your blood and produce hormones your body needs. If your kidneys fail, you either need a kidney transplant or dialysis. Dialysis is a procedure that uses a machine to perform many of the functions ...

of the kidney. Dialysis can help prevent problems resulting from kidney failure and it allows people with kidney failure to live productive lives. Dialysis filters your blood, and like a health kidney, removes waste from your blood. Patients using dialysis are also required to follow a strict diet in order to stay healthy. There are two types of dialysis: hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. There are different advantages and disadvantages with both hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Talk to your doctor about which type of dialysis would work better for you.

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