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Nutritional Requirement for People on Peritoneal Dialysis

2013-08-26 11:44

Nutritional Requirement for People on Peritoneal DialysisProper nutritional supplement can improve the dialysis and reduce the incidence of associated complications.What is the nutritional requirement for people on peritoneal dialysis?


A low-protein diet should be followed by the non-dialysis patients strictly.In general,the patients with serious kidney damage are recommended to have 0.6g/kg per body weight. However, the patients on peritoneal dialysis should eat more protein foods to replace what is lost on peritoneal dialysis. The food that you need is found mainly in foods that come from animals like eggs, beef, fish, chicken, turkey, pork etc.

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Sodium is a mineral that occurs naturally in food. The body uses it for several functions.When your kidneys are not functioning properly,they lose the ability to get rid of excess dietary sodium.High levels of sodium in the blood can cause high blood pressure,rapid weight gain,enlarged heart, edema etc. Therefore, in nutritional requirementfor peritoneal dialysis patients, it is a wise choice to avoid foods high in sodium like junk foods, cured products, processed foods etc.


Potassium is a mineral needed in the body for muscle movement and sending message to your nervers. It is also can help maintain regular heartbeat.Potassium is lost during peritoneal dialysis and may need be replenished by diet.However,for non-dialysis patients, restricted limitation of potassium is required.


Phosphorus is important in building and maintaining bones. However, for the patient on peritoneal dialysis, they should cut down phosphorus supplement in nutritional requirement. As the kidneys are not functioning properly, they lose the ability to get rid of excess phosphorus from body.High levels of phosphorus can cause severe skin itching and bone problems. The patients should avoid high phosphorus foods and take phosphate binders if prescribed. Binders will help your body from absorbing some of the phosphorus in foods

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