How does dialysis affect what I eat?

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If your doctor has prescribed dialysis, you will need to be aware of some special dietary needs. During hemodialysis treatment, for example, you will need to restrict your daily intake of sodium and potassium. If you are undergoing peritoneal dialysis, you will lose protein during the treatment process, so you will need to add protein to your diet. Talk to a dietician about designing a special diet for you during dialysis treatment.

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Dialysis

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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