How does dialysis affect what I eat?

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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