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How to Control Weight for Kidney Transplant Patients


2013-11-22 15:01

How to Control Weight for Kidney Transplant PatientsWeight gain after kidney transplant is a major clinical issue and often is the most significant complaint for most post-transplant patients. How to control weight for kidney transplant patients?

Why weight gain occurs after kidney transplant?

In the end stage kidney disease, there are a lot of diet restrictions for patients. Several of them may not be applied after kidney transplant. The new freedom to indulge in many different foods leads to weight gain. On the other hand, patients taking steroid medicines such as glucocorticoids (prednisone) after kidney transplant, often have a large appetite and feel hungry all day. This also contributes to eating larger portions and eating more often than usual, causing weight gain. Weight gain can result in many complications. Therefore, we should control weight.

How to control weight for kidney transplant patients?

In order to control weight after kidney transplant, a nutritional plan should be developed.

-Limit your consumption of foods high in calories and fat

A low-fat diet is important for maintaining a healthy weight and preventing heart disease, so fried foods, red meat, butter etc should be limited.

-Control the intake of sugar

Sugar also plays a role in weight gain, so candy, high-sugar drinks etc should be restricted.

-Eat more foods high in fiber

Fruits, vegetables, whole grains are all high in fiber. High-fiber foods generally require more chewing time, which gives your body time to register when you are no longer hungry, so you are less likely to overeat.

-High quality protein

In order to heal quickly after kidney transplant, you should eat more high quality protein than before, such as lean meat, poultry, fish etc. They build and repair muscles and tissues. You also need more protein to help prevent muscle breakdown often caused by high doses of prednisone.

As to sodium, potassium, phosphorous, calcium etc, you should adjust the intake of them according to your physical condition.

Besides nutritional plan, exercise is also helpful for controlling weight. For more information, you can contact us.




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