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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” .


'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, material from FMQAIpublication Number :FL-ESRD-2012ESET2B-11-356