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Foods to Avoid If You Are On Dialysis Treatments

2015-02-02 06:22

Foods to Avoid If You Are On Dialysis TreatmentsAfter a patient goes into kidney failure, the patient will need to start dialysis. Patients on both types of dialysis have to be careful about the foods they eat. Phosphorus, potassium, sodium and fluid levels can increase in between dialysis sessions an can cause health problems. Limiting the amount of foods contain each of these substances can help prevent these issues.

1. whole grain foods

Whole grain foods like whole wheat bread, bran cereal or brown rice all contain significant amounts of phosphorus. Some of these foods also contain high potassium level as well. These products should be avoided by dialysis patients.

2. canned foods

When kidneys can not function properly, sodium levels can become elevated, leading to fluid retention in between dialysis sessions. Patients who are on dialysis treatment should limit sodium intake to avoid fluid retention. Canned foods usually contain large amounts of sodium and should be avoided as much as possible.

3. nuts and seeds

Nuts and seeds contain high levels of both phosphorus and potassium so they should be avoided by patients on dialysis. Peanut butter, dried peas, beans and lentils also contain both minerals as well. A dietitian can help the patient determine appropriate food substitutions.

4. fruit containing potassium

Some kinds of fruits contain high levels of potassium. Limiting or avoiding the fruits containing large amounts of potassium is important for patients on dialysis. High potassium fruits include bananas, kiwi, avocados, oranges and dried fruits.

5. dairy products

High potassium and high phosphorus foods should be limited or avoided by people on dialysis. High potassium levels can lead to muscle and heart problems; high phosphorus level can cause weak bones. Dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt contain high levels of both minerals and patients should limit or completely avoid these foods while on dialysis.

The above are foods to avoid if you are on dialysis treatment. If you have any question or doubt, welcome to consult our doctor online or leave a message to kidneycares@hotmail.com. We are glad to help you.

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