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How does dialysis affect what I drink?

Dialysis can help you overcome kidney failure and greatly improve your health. However, you will need to be aware of some new dietary restrictions once you decide to undergo dialysis. Excessive fluids, for example, are a serious concern during dialysis. Restrict your fluid and sodium intake to avoid complications such as heart failure. Limit your intake of fruit juices, which can contain a lot of potassium. Although alcohol is usually permitted, limit to 1-2 drinks per day for men, 1 for women, and none if your medication prohibits alcohol. Talk to your doctor or a dietician about fluid intake during dialysis.

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