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What Is A Safe Protein Drink For Dialysis Patients
Whey Proteins: Most important - look at phosphorous and potassium content and talk to your dietician before you start anything. Products that I have seen suggested are now foods whey protein and body fortress whey protein. But check everything out thoroughly before starting including checking with your doctor. ...Read more
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
Tell me why patients with kidney failure eat and drink what they like only during the first few hours of dialysis?
Nurses being nice: The total fluid removal target is programmed at the beginning of the dialysis run. Fluids consumed on dialysis are added to the total weight target. The removal target is doable from the onset of dialysis. If you drink 32 oz in the last hour, it is difficult to get this (and the preprogrammed amount) all off in the last hour. ...Read more
Avoid decongestants.: Best to check with your nephrologist for specific advice that is tailored to you. Many cold medicines with decongestants can raise blood pressure and most dialysis patients already have high blood pressure. Coricidin HBP contains medicines that will not affect your blood pressure so this may me a safe option. ...Read more
Protein is necessary: You should aim to get about 20 g of protein daily. Realizing that some of that is in your diet, be careful not to "overdue" because the metabolism of nitrogen in protein can burden your kidneys. Protein is fine after exercise, as it keeps your metabolism up and contributes energy that you have burned. A balanced approach (bar with protein, carb, and lipid) might be better, however. ...Read more
Kidneys and Protein: There is no easy answer to this question. However, significant amounts of consumed protein or Amino Acids can offer a significant solute load to the kidneys. That, along with inadequate hydration, can put one at risk for renal (kidney) damage. There have been numerous case reports of young athletes going into renal failure due to high protein consumption and inadequate hydration. ...Read more
Kids & protein shake: How old is your child and does he or she have any health issue? If your child plays on school sportteams/is not eating well then it may be okay to give protein shakes that do not contain any other junk additives or hormones in the protein powder. Otherwise, it is better to eat protein in its natural form in helathy foods. Too much protein is not good either as the excess turns to fat in the body. ...Read more
Probably yes: Whey protein itself is probably safe, but with any food supplement, you can never be sure that the product has no contaminants (other substances that can harm you), since no safety agency regulates supplements. There have been cases of people getting ill (liver problems) from some protein supplements that may be imported from abroad. ...Read more
My son is 14 years old. He weighs 115lbs. He has been working out and wants to drink protein shakes. Is this safe for him? If so, what amount?
Yes: Just remember that a protein has 4 cal/gram. If it is not burned it will be stored as fat. But when a person is cutting calories a macro-nutrient enriched shake is very helpful and will help prevent muscle breakdown and general malnutrition. Be sure that the manufacturing process is good or proteins can become denatured and useless. You have to exercise even if it is just walking, it is vital! ...Read more
Yes: But follow the instructions on the label. ...Read more
Why?: Why do you wish to gain weight? If you are otherwise healthy, being skinny is not a disease. Do not purposly gain weight, unless advised by your doctor. ...Read more
Are whey protein isolate powders safe to drink if I drink lots of water with it?
1.4 liters - 2 liters a day of water, 1 protein shake after gym.
Probably.: Protein shakes can be problematic for people with kidney problems or who don't stay well hydrated. So long as your urine is light in color or clear, and you tolerate the drink (no gut symptoms of allergy or intolerance), it's unlikely to harm you. Be careful of calorie content in your shake, though; some are surprisingly high in unnecessary sugars. ...Read more
Whey protein: Whey protein is good for you but please do not rely on it as a way of replacing a good diet. The shakes can supplement the other protein, fat, and carbs you eat. Please check out the product to see if the whey comes from grass fed/free range cattle or penned up cattle w/antibiotics. Avoid the latter. One a day is ok. See doctor for your specific needs. Peace and good health. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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