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Simple answer is that it is a medical technology used primarily to provide an artificial replacement for lost kidney function in people with renal failure. Hemodialysis remove wastes and excess water from the blood by circulating blood outside the body through an external filter, called a dialyzer. Blood and dialysate flow through in opposite directions and the ...Read more
What guidelines for potassium and sodium should I follow when cooking a dinner for someone on dialysis?
Keep it low: For a person on dialysis, they need to have a low potassium and low salt diet. Dialysis patients can not regulate potassium and salt very well, so they need to minimize these minerals in their diets. If they have too much dietary salt and potassium, cardic issues and and an elevated bood pressure can occur. ...Read more
Dialysis Potassium: Yes, it is very common for dialysis patients to develop elevated potassium levels. The kidneys normally excrete potassium, so patients with renal failure will have a tendency for their potassium levels to rise. The dialysis machine removes excess potassium from the body, just like the kidneys do. Taking a diet low in potassium is helpful in keeping potassium levels controlled. ...Read more
Was told I have renal failure and cretin level 7, can I avoid dialysis. I am on a very heavy diet avoiding sodium, potassium, protin?
Hello professionals! Thank you in advance. My father, 75 yearly male with c.O.P, CHF is now having kidnney failure with creatine levels high, potassium ok. What else besides dialysis is rec?
Follow MD advice: Every case is different, so it would be impossible to say specifically what is best for your dad. However, it is extremely important that he follow the advice given him by his doctor, especially regarding dietary & fluid restrictions, medications prescribed, exercise as tolerated, and smoking cessation if applicable. Many patients are able to avoid dialysis for years by doing this. ...Read more
My father has hepatitis C (genome1) - 1 kidney - creatanine @ 9.1 - uric acid @ 11.2 - anemic - pottasium @ 6 - want to avoid dialysis - please help?
Avoiding dialysis?: It does not seem you father can avoid dialysis with a creatinine of 9.1 and a potassium of 6. You did not mention his co2 and that should be low as well. If your father does not start dialysis within the next few days, he runs the risk of death due to a high potassium level. In my opinion, if he wants to live, he needs to start dialysis as soon as possible. Good luck. ...Read more
Yes: High potassium can lead to numerous problems and could be very dangerous and life threatening. Potassium level in the body is very tightly regulated. Intake of extra dietary potassium may be excreted by the kidneys if healthy however intake of extra potassium without doctor's orders is not recommended. ...Read more
Fruits and nuts: Good dietary sources include dried fruits, especially apricots, fresh fruits, especially melon, oranges and bananas, nuts, especially almonds and pistachios, and parsley. If a true deficiency is present, potassium in pill form is best. For life threatening deficiency, or in patients that cannot eat intravenous potassium is indicated. ...Read more
Mineral: Potassium is an essential mineral used for many functions in your body. It is not a nutrient - that is it contains no energy and your body cannot use it for fuel. But your body needs it critically and without adequate amounts you could get in serious trouble. However, it is a rare diet that lacks enough potassium. ...Read more
Most likely: An artificial sweetener more common in europe than in the US. Despite some un sanctioned claims that it is a carcinogen, the FDA and similar british agency Deem it safe, and discounts carcinogicity. It is probably best to avoid if you are attempting to loose weight as it has the potential to raise insulin levels, stimulating you to crave more food, similar to how diet sodas prevent weight loss. ...Read more
Potassium balance is tightly regulated by the kidneys, so any potassium disorder implies some derangement in potassium handling. If you have high potassium problems, you must consult nephrologist.
Please see this website for info on low potassium diet.
http://www. Kidney. Org/atoz/content/potassium. Cfm. ...Read more