Which foods count as fluid for those with kidney disease following a dialysis diet and fluid restriction?
Melting Ice Cream Cone Any food that is liquid or will melt at room temperature counts as fluid. These can be divided into visible fluids…Continue Reading »
When is the best time for a dialysis patient to take renal vitamins?
Dialysis patients are instructed to take their renal vitamin once a day. For hemodialysis patients, renal vitamins are taken after dialysis. The reason is that…Continue Reading »
What is the purpose of a renal vitamin for kidney dialysis patients?
People on dialysis take a special renal vitamin preparation that contains B vitamins with extra folic acid and a limited amount of vitamin C. There…Continue Reading »
Why is potassium limited in the dialysis diet for people on hemodialysis?
Most people on hemodialysis limit high potassium foods to keep blood levels from going too high. Potassium is a mineral that helps muscles and nerves…Continue Reading »
Why a kidney-friendly diet helps those with chronic kidney disease
Chronic kidney disease happens slowly over time. If kidney disease is detected early enough, steps can be taken to help slow the progression to either…Continue Reading »
How the dialysis diet affects those with kidney failure (or end stage renal disease)
In addition to cleaning the blood, the kidneys perform other important functions. Loss of kidney function has a direct impact on some important balances in…Continue Reading »
Understanding sodium listings on food labels for those with kidney disease
Have you ever wondered what the cutoff is for a high- or low-sodium food? Food labeling laws provide the following guidelines: Sodium-free: less than 5 mg sodium per serving Very…Continue Reading »
Are phosphorus binders really that important in the dialysis diet?
For people on dialysis too much phosphorus can harm their hearts and make bones weak. Excess phosphorus is normally removed by working kidneys through urine….Continue Reading »