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what is recomended protein shake for dialysis patient?

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Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Variety available: Protein shakes are generally good, but patients with renal failure must be mindful that their protein intake does not exceed the amount recommended based on their dialysis regimen. Check with your nephrologist next time you are treated. Take care!
Dr. S. Smiley Thakur
Nephrology and Dialysis 31 years experience
Nepro: Protein, calorie shakes need to be dialysis friendly regarding phosphate and potassium loads.

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What is dialysis and how is it used to treat kidney failure?

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Replaces kidney: Dialysis replaces kidney function by removing waste products and impurities from the body and helps to maintain a normal chemical balance. Hemodialysis means that your blood is circulated thru a hemodialysis machine where the impurities and products of protein metabolism are filtered out. Peritoneal dialysis involves a small tube entering the abdomen and having fluid irrigate to restore balance.
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Is it a problem if my doctor uses psa (protein specific antigen) tests instead of a digital rectal exam for the prostate?

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No: Prostate specific antigen (not protein) is a very sensitive marker of prostate function. It very frequently will be elevated before any abnormality is detected by digital rectal exam. However, nothing beats a good clinician being able to feel something on exam. So, really, the two work together to achieve the best results.

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