For people on dialysis, limiting sodium intake helps to control thirst and prevent fluid overload. When your kidneys don’t work properly, sodium and fluid buildup in your body. This can cause swelling (edema), increased blood pressure, shortness of breath, and heart damage.
Wanda Yu, a Satellite Healthcare dietitian, makes it easy to understand how to read a food label for better food choices.Read more about reading food labels
Monthly blood and other lab tests help your dialysis dietitian understand what nutrients you need more of and which nutrients you may need to limit.
Uncontrolled diabetes makes it harder to stay healthy on dialysis. Monitor and control your blood sugar. Take prescribed medications. Make food choices to help control your blood sugar.
Most people on dialysis in a center need to monitor their diet and fluid intake carefully to stay healthy. This means thoughtfully planning meals to:
Dialysis at home has many advantages. A significant one is more flexibility with food choices. People having treatments at home may have: