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Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a group of disorders that result from the formation and progressive enlargement of cysts in the kidneys without dysplasia, usually leading to renal failure.

What Can a Person on Dialysis Eat

2014-08-25 01:36

What Can a Person on Dialysis EatWhen a person reaches to Kidney Failure, he or she will be recommended to take dialysis. During this process, diet is important to control blood levels of certain nutritions. What can a person on dialysis eat?

Generally speaking, dialysis patients should concern their intake of sodium, protein, potassium, phosphorous and fluid. Meeting with a kidney dietitian can help you develop a healthy diet plan while on dialysis. Or you can consult our doctor online.

The following is an overview of diet for dialysis patients.

►Low-sodium foods

High sodium intake is likely to cause or aggravate high blood pressure or swelling. On dialysis, it is recommended, that you eat no more than 2,000 milligrams of sodium per day. Pickles, sausage, pizza, canned or frozen foods, snacks, and dried fruits are reported as foods high in sodium. You should select fresh meats, fruits or vegetable. Also, when shopping, read carefully the labels to avoid foods high in sodium.

►Eat high-quality protein foods

Due to large amount of leakage of protein in urine or digestive problems among dialysis patients, they are very weak. At this time, high-quality protein intake should be raised so as to produce energy for patients. Egg white, lean meat, fish, pork and poultry can all be included in your diet. Limited amounts of cheese, low sodium lunch or breakfast meats, and nut butters.

►Monitor potassium intake in foods

Low potassium suggestions include white bread, rice and pasta, non-enriched rice milk, applesauce, canned peaches, fresh broccoli, carrots and cucumbers. Tomatoes, potatoes, bananas, whole grain foods and orange juice are all very high in potassium and should be avoided or eaten sparingly while on dialysis.

►Limit high phosphorus foods

Milk and dairy products, meat, whole grains and cola are all high phosphorus foods. Meat is an excellent protein source while you are on dialysis. Limit dairy products to one serving per day. Unenriched rice milk or non-dairy creamer can be used as a milk alternative.

►Drink enough fluids

The prescribed amount will keep you hydrated, but not cause you to retain too much fluid between dialysis sessions. Cranberry, grape and apple are all good juice selections. Coffee, tea, low-sodium broth, water and clear sodas can also help keep you hydrated.

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