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What are some lifestyle changes for patients undergoing hemodialysis?

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Dr. Tarek Naguib
Nephrology and Dialysis 41 years experience
Food/water control: Besides that, they have to do a strict schedule of dialysis i.e. Go to dialysis unit 3 times a week for hemodialysis and do peritoneal dialysis daily at home if on it. Hemodialysis restricts the travel since patients have to secure a space in a dialysis unit at the town they are going to visit before hand.
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Would add coordination with your facility. In center hemodialysis is like a part time job that you can never quit. However if you stay in touch with your nurses at your facility, you can coordinate trips around the world. You will have to restrict salt, water and phosphorus intake as well with your diet.
Nov 9, 2011
Dr. Linda Gromko
Family Medicine 49 years experience
For the best in flexibility, consider learning home dialysis. You can do either hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis. You can work around your own schedule and can dialyze overnight. Good luck. LGromkoMD
Feb 19, 2013
Dr. Edward Kuhnley
Child Psychiatry 46 years experience
Important question!: Receiving education and following healthcare recommendations is vital. Good communication with family members is essential as it may become strained. Address nutrition, sleep, physical activity, stress and anxiety management strategies while developing healthy routines that include dialysis. Lifestyle serves as risk for renal disease and can change to help manage it. Best regards for good health.

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