Food is a big part of your life, and to live a better life on dialysis, it’s important that you enjoy eating. People on dialysis at FMCNA facilities work with dietitians to develop a healthy meal plan that includes plenty of protein, and limits salt, sugar, phosphorus and potassium. They eat a wide variety of foods to keep meals exciting, while limiting their fluid intake to safe levels each day.
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Eating Well. Living Well.
When you eat well, you are helping your kidneys and yourself. Your dietitian will develop a meal plan designed to meet your nutritional needs. Your doctor may also give you vitamin and mineral supplements because a lack of certain vitamins can make it easier for you to get an infection. Only take the supplements your doctor prescribes—don’t buy any “off the shelf.” They may have vitamins or minerals that are dangerous to you.
Some of the supplements your doctor may have you take include:
- Iron—to treat or help prevent anemia.
- Vitamin B complex—a grouping of different B vitamins. Some work with EPO and iron to help prevent anemia. Others help change the food you eat into energy that your body can use.
- Calcium—to bind phosphorus and help keep your bones healthy.
Adjusting to the dialysis diet does not mean meals without flavor and fun. You don’t even have to give up eating out. But it does mean being mindful of the real effect food has on your health.
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