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Can Dialysis Patients Eat Banana

2013-08-02 09:13

Can Dialysis Patients Eat BananaBanana is one common fruit in different countries, and it has a variety of health benefits. However, can dialysis patients eat banana? The answer is complex.

As a kidney replacement therapy, dialysis has two common forms: hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Patients on different types of dialysis have different dietary requirements.

If you are on hemodialysis, banana is the food you should avoid.

In most cases, patients on hemodialysis need to do it three times one week. Even though hemodialysis can replace damaged kidney to excrete potassium out of the body, the mineral potassium can build up again between dialysis treatment. Once your potassium level is higher than the normal, irregular heartbeats and other cardiovascular diseases may occur easily.

From this point, you should limit the intake of potassium between dialysis sessions, while banana is just high in potassium. Therefore, you should be careful about banana consumption. Besides, many other fruits and vegetables also contains rich potassium. (If you haven’t had such a food list, you can leave a message or send email to, and we are glad to share it with you.)

If you are on peritoneal dialysis, the answer will be different.

Different from hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis is commonly taken nearly every day. Therefore, it can help remove excessive potassium from the body timely, and then patients on peritoneal dialysis usually don’t need to lower the intake of potassium. On the contrary, if their potassium level is lower than the normal, they should eat some foods high in potassium.

If you are among them, having regular blood test can tell you whether you need to increase or lower the intake of potassium. Then, you can decide whether banana is good for you.


For people on dialysis, what they eat can play an important role in their whole treatment. Since banana contains rich potassium, you should be careful to eat it. At last, I want to say besides a healthy diet, seeking a kidney repair treatment to improve your kidney function is able to help you avoid further dialysis.

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