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Living with kidney failure 


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Kidney failure has no permanent cure. Kidney transplant is one of the treatment options but still you will be under medication and care. Thus, patients with kidney failure are given certain guidelines that help them to cope better with day to day life.

So, how to live with kidney failure? We explain you here… 

Dialysis is a part of your life. Do not miss your appointments

Your kidneys have stopped working, so dialysis will ensure that your blood gets filtered properly. If you need to visit the hospital for this then make sure you make permanent arrangement for commuting to the hospital. Thus, dialysis will be a crucial aspect of your life.


Daily nutrition for kidney failure
Nutritional need of patients differ as it is connected with other health complications that the patient might be suffering from. In general, doctors advise a diet that would not stress the kidneys further and doesn’t increase toxin load in your body.

Therefore nutrition for patients with kidney failure comprises of low protein foods and use of less salt (sodium and potassium) and electrolytes. Patients are also advised to limit consumption of fluids as they tend to get retained in the body.

If you are exercising to lose weight then your doctor will ensure that you are getting the right dose of calories everyday. You can eat healthy carbohydrates and fats, vegetables and fruits.

In anyway, you have to follow the diet given by your doctor.


Exercise is important for you
Go for walk everyday, at least for 15-30 minutes. This improves you stamina, helps you to burn calories and improves your blood circulation. If you are overweight, have high cholesterol or diabetes, then get your exercise plan determined by your doctor and physiotherapist.


Know how to take care of self
It’s indeed a huge responsibility for your family as well to take absolute control over your requirements. You can cooperate with your caretaker and family members by taking little care of yourself as well. Remember the following points.

  • If you tend to forget your medicines then make sure you set an alarm and take them on time.
  • Take care of your health. Get your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar checked regularly.
  • Maintain good health- you life would certainly improve in the long run if you religiously follow the diet and exercise advised by your doctor.


Give up smoking and alcohol
Your fluid intake will be restricted. Thus, you are left with no choice but quitting alcohol. You also need to give up other addictions like cigarettes and tobacco based products. They are toxic for your blood and would pose a major threat to healing of your body.


Share your concerns
Kidney disease is a permanent condition and it’s natural for patients to get anxious and concerned. Thus, it proves helpful when you maintain healthy relationship with your doctor. You should not hesitate to express your concerns and take help from your healthcare team whenever needed. This way depression, anxiety and other negative emotions are get purged from your body and you are able to stabilize your mind and body better.

Written by: healthplus24.com team
Date last updated: November 20, 2014

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