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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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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