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How to Improve Appetite in Dialysis Patients

2013-12-20 13:47

Poor appetite is an annoying condition for people on dialysis. Without adequate nutrition supplement, it can affect the treatment outcome significantly. What are the recommended steps to take to help solve the poor appetite?

Strange taste in mouth

As kidneys fail to function, high levels of waste products will build up in body.The excess urea in mouth will be decomposed into ammonia,thus resulting in strange taste in mouth.It is an important cause of appetite problem in dialysis patients.

Some tips are given to deal with the strange taste in mouth including:

-Brush teeth regularly, and rinse with mouthwash

-Try to eat cold foods

-Use herbs and spices on foods to bring out the flavor

Full feeling

Dialysis patients often become full very easily,especially those on peritoneal dialysis.To deal with this problem,the patients should eat small meals.Try to eat five or six small meals during the day.Take breaks during mealtime.Do not drink fluids with meal.

Inadequate dialysis

If dialysis is not performed adequately,high levels of waste products will linger in body.This will certainly affect the patients’ appetite. You can report it to your doctor so dialysis will be performed more frequently.

Too tired to eat

Fatigue is a common complaint among people on dialysis.The patients may become too tired to have meals.In this case,you can eat the biggest meal at the time of day that you have the most energy.You can keep high-protein snack foods to increase your energy.In addition,keep adequate sleep to make you energetic.

The above are some tips to solve appetite problem in dialysis patients.Besides poor appetite,the patients may also experience other symptoms and discomforts like fatigue,nausea and vomiting, infection etc.In serious case,these complications can be very dangerous and even life-threatening.Therefore,the patients are eager to find an alternative treatment to dialysis. Stem Cell Therapy can restore the impaired kidney structure to enhance renal function remarkably.

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