Managing Kidney Disease

Hi! I’m Mary, a Dialysis Nurse at Fresenius Kidney Care

Here are some essential facts to understand about chronic kidney disease (CKD):

  • CKD has 5 stages.
  • There are treatments that can help slow disease progression.
  • Eventually, CKD progresses to end stage renal disease (ESRD) or kidney failure—but it could take years.
  • You have several treatment options for ESRD. Talk to your doctor about what fits best with your life.
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Dialysis Diet and Nutrition

When you’re on dialysis, what you eat and drink takes on a whole new level of importance. In addition to the fact that your body may be processing certain foods differently, important vitamins and nutrients can also be washed away during the dialysis process. Work with your renal dietitian to develop your personal eating guidelines. There are plenty of strategies for making sure you get the nutrition you need—without giving up all your favorite foods.
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Vitamins, please!

Your body needs certain vitamins and supplements to maintain your health while on dialysis. Your doctor will prescribe renal vitamins and nutritional vitamin D, along with other supplements and medications.

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drinking fluids while on dialysis

Limiting fluid intake

Because you may not urinate, or urinate very little, any extra fluid has to be removed by dialysis. So you should limit your fluid intake to about 1 or 2 glasses of water (or equivalent liquids) per day to avoid buildup.

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Nutrition watch

Following a kidney-smart diet takes some planning, but having a collection of dialysis-friendly recipes makes it easier to meet your nutritional goals. Find balanced-meal ideals for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
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