How could my diet affect how peritoneal dialysis works?

Your diet can affect how well peritoneal dialysis works for you. Peritoneal dialysis cleans the blood in people whose kidneys can't do the job; it is an alternative to the more familiar method of hemodialysis.

Your doctor and/or dietitian will help determine a proper diet. They may give you recipes or tips for eating healthy with kidney disease. General guidelines include:
  • reducing salt and liquids
  • getting the right amount of calories
  • eating enough protein
  • limiting phosphorus-rich foods
  • getting the right amount of potassium
  • using nutritional supplements as your dietitian or doctor tells you

Continue Learning about 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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