Dietary Suggestions for Diabetics Undergoing Dialysis
1. Restrictions for carbohydrate foods to control Diabetes
For diabetics on dialysis, controlling blood sugar is of great importance so as to lessen the likelihood of developing other diabetes-related complications and decrease risk rates.
All carbohydrate containing foods (including bread, cereal, pasta, rice, starchy vegetables, fruits, juices and many sugar-free desserts) increase blood glucose levels. Therefore, the total amount of carbohydrates you eat should be balanced with your medicines and activity level.
2. Restrictions for potassium and phosphorous foods
Phosphousous can usually not be well cleared through dialysis. Accumulated phosphourus may cause complications such as weak bones, heart problems, joint pains or skin ulcers. Too much or too little potassium can cause muscle weakness and heart failure. By controlling foods that contain these minerals, you lessen the risk of developing additional complications.
3. Sodium restrictions
Sodium retention can cause the body to hold on to more fluid and raises blood pressure. It also makes you thirsty, causing you to drink too much fluid. When you have too much fluid in your body, you may feel uncomfortable and short of breath. When this excess fluid is removed during dialysis, you can feel dizzy and weak afterwards. Eating less sodium and controlling your fluid intake can help you feel comfortable before and after your dialysis sessions.
4. Fluid intake
Your fluid intake depends on your own illness condition, remaining kidney function, level of activity and the type of dialysis you choose.
Things you should know
The diabetic dialysis diet will keep you healthier by managing your blood glucose levels and lessening the chances of other complications resulting from diabetes and kidney disease.
However, we should be clear that no diet can reverse the damage done to the kidneys. The survival time for diabetics on dialysis is far from optimistic than that seen in nondiabetics with end-stage renal failure due to chronic glomerular disease or hypertension. Seeking for a proper treatment to repair kidney damage and improve insulin resistance is an urgency for Diabetics on dialysis.
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