For many patients with chronic kidney disease nearing renal failure, dialysis may be an upcoming reality. Dialysis patient have a lot of dietary restrictions.
What kind of dietary restrictions do dialysis patients have?
The biggest restriction for dialysis patients is sodium. Patients need to watch their sodium intake closely. It is one of the functions of the kidneys to filter and flush out excess sodium, so when the kidneys are not functioning properly there can be a buildup of sodium in the body. Too much sodium can lead to fluid retention, which can cause dangerous swelling, high blood pressure, and even heart failure. [Read more…]