Kidney Disease

​​Kidney disease ​presents many challenges to maintaining health. The major activities related to the disease are waste removal and avoidance of dietary intake of ​elements like potassium and phosphorous, which are no longer easily removed from the body. ​

Dialysis

The body needs to remove liquid waste and a person with kidney failure needs to utilize kidney dialysis to perform this task. Hemodialysis is usually performed 3 days per week at a dialysis center and peritoneal dialysis​ is performed daily at home.

Long term risks:

  • ​​high blood pressure
  • phosphorous buildup which damages bones, and deposits calcium in vital organs.
  • Excess potassium which damages the heart.

Restrictions on diet

  • ​​maximum 16 ozs of fluids per day because the kidney function is not there to remove it
  • salt in order to manage blood pressure
  • Foods containing phosporous and potassium
    • chocolate
    • dark colored soft drinks
    • potatoes
    • dark green leafy vegetables
    • orange juice
    • banannas
    • dairy