Dialysis Patient Dining Out

"Important Facts Before you go to have a dinner out"  

•Plan Ahead and choose a restaurant where will be easiest to select foods for your diet
•Cut back on serving sizes and food high in " SODIUM and "POTASSIUM
•Call and learn about the menu, how the dishes are prepared
•Ask to the server for more information about the way your food choice is prepared and served
•Protein Restriction Diet: Can be requested half portions of the main dishes that contain meat, fish, cheese, and poultry
* Remember: Protein is found in cheese and cream sauces, foods prepared and mixed with milk, nuts, eggs, and a vegetarian dishes contain dried beans or lentils


"Beverages at your dinner"

•Plan the amount of Fluid you may have during the meal
•Plan when you want the beverage: before, during, or after the meals.
  DECLINE OFFERS AT OTHER TIMES

•Choose beverages low in potassium and phosphorus.( ask your dietitian for specific guidelines)
•Order beverages by the glass instead of ordering a pitcher of drinks
•Squeeze lemon wedges into your water to help quench your thirst
•Turn cups or glasses upside down before they are felled or ask to have them removed
•Push your glass or cup away from your plate when you are finished to avoid refills.

Reference: "National Kidney Foundation, inc _GBD -RV1-V1 : NKF 2013 published More information:www.kidney.org

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What is your stage of Kidney Disease?

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There are 5 stages of kidney disease. Your doctor determines your stage of kidney disease based on the presence of kidney damage and your glomerular filtration rate (GFR), which is a measure of your level of kidney function.Your treatment is based on your stage of kidney disease. Speak to your doctor if have any question about your stage of kidney disease or your treatment.
Stage of kidney Disease

1: Kidney damage (e.g.,protein in the urine) with normal GFR ……………………….GFR rate : 90 or above
2: Kidney damage with mild decrease in GFR ……………………………………….GFR rate : 60 to 89
3: Moderate decrease in GFR …………………………………………………….GFR rate : 30 to 59
4: Severe reduction in GFR ……………………………………………………..GFR rate : 15 to 29
5: Kidney failure ……………………………………………………………..GFR rate : less than 15
* Your GFR number tells your doctor how much kidney function you have.As chronic kidney disease progress, your GFR number decreases.

“National Kidney Foundation.Home Hemodialysis. A Guide for patients and their families.2009-2Print”

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Diet

 

Nutrition 101

           

 

Sodium is a mineral found in many foods. The primary function of sodium in the body is to maintain the fluid balance, normally food contains more sodium than the body needs, and the elevate quantity of sodium can be harmful for patients with “Chronic Kidney Disease” .

 

 

*Sodium generate fluid to accumulate in your body and promote many problems like :Swelling, Raising blood pressure promoting Heart and kidneys complications.

The “Good choices ” can be made reducing the sodium from your daily diet and making good protein choices lower in sodium, potassium and phosphorus like eggs or egg substitutes, pork, poultry, fish, lean beef, unsalted crackers, canned vegetables,soup without added salt and fresh herbs to give the final taste.

 

“Control the sodium intake” .

Immunization

'What your Nephrologist wants you to know About Dialysis and Vaccinations'

“Kidney diseases is one of several conditions that can put a person at higher risk for infection”.

This means that those with kidney failure may need to receive more shots, or higher doses, of vaccines to ensure protection.

Listed above are types of immunizations and vaccines recommended for people on dialysis and those with chronic kidney disease who have not yet start dialysis.

  1. Hepatitis B Vaccine: as hemodialysis patient, you have an increased risk of Hepatitis infection. The Hepatitis B vaccine is safe,effective, and your best protection from the virus.
  2. Flu Shot to Protect Against Influenza: the Flu Shot cannot cause the flu. As a dialysis patient you are considered a priority group.
  3. The Pneumococcal Vaccine: about 1 out of every 20 people who get pneumonia do not recover.One dose every 5 year.

 

 

Reference:Dialysis Patient Citizens (CPC), Improving our LIVES Trough EMPOWERMENT http://www.dialysispatient.org/immunizations, material from FMQAIpublication Number :FL-ESRD-2012ESET2B-11-356

 

 

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