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Weight Loss for People on Peritoneal Dialysis

2012-11-29 16:52

A lot of people on peritoneal dialysis gain weight from peritoneal dialysis. They gain the weight mainly from all the dextrose. In fact, maintaining an appropriate body weight are important to the patients on dialysis and can help reduce the incidence of certain complications.

It is a well-known fact that a body mass index of 25 or higher indicates that a person is overweight. Some researches show that a high body mass index may be related to a better health outcome for people on peritoneal dialysis than for the general population. However, there is an important premise for the above advantage that the high body mass index must be coupled with a low body fat percentage and maintenance of muscle mass. Therefore, for people on peritoneal dialysis, losing weight should not be their ultimate goal. What they also should do is to lower fat levels and enhance muscle mass.


Regular exercise not only can help body weight loss, but also can help decrease the fat percentage and build muscle. Additionally, it has numerous benefits on cardiovascular system so as to reduce the risk of developing heart disease. Usually, the doctor can help the patients on dialysis to choose various stretching or strengthening exercises based on their individual illness condition. Bicycling, walking, jogging and other aerobic exercises are good options for people on peritoneal dialysis.


What we eat play the main role in maintaining body weight. Of course, by adjusting diet, it can help body weight loss for people on peritoneal dialysis. The patients are recommended to work with a registered dietitian to ensure they are eating appropriately for dialysis and for achieving the goal of weight loss. Usually, the patients are advised to limit high-fat foods like butter, fried foods, desserts, animal oil etc. The patients need to consult a dietitian to make a healthy diet plan.

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