Though dialysis can help lower high creatinine, remove excessive metabolic wastes out of the blood and sustain life span for many end stage renal disease patients, it is not very satisfying especially when seen from the long run.
Besides suffering from the many side effects and complications of dialysis, the patients’ kidney functions seem to have no improvement, on the contrary their kidney functions become even worse and it seems that they have to rely on dialysis for the rest of their life. Many patients feel so scared and hopeless and they want to know how long they can survive after they begin dialysis.
To be honest, this is really a hard question and the life expectancy for each patient is different and there are a lot of factors that need to be taken into account. The key points for prolonging life expectancy for renal dialysis patients is to protect residual kidney functions and well control of complications.
The following are 7 tips for prolonging life expectancy for patients on renal dialysis.
·work with the doctor to design a reasonable dialysis plan according to your specific illness and physical conditions. Have slight adjustments according to your illness conditions. Reasonable and fully dialysis is crucial for a long life expectancy for the patients.
·well control of high blood pressure. High blood pressure will greatly affect dialysis patients’ life quality and life expectancy.
·proper diets and nutritions. Daily protein intake should be 1.2-1.5g/kg and heat intake should be 40Kcal/kg/d.
·strict control of water intake. This is very important and necessary for those that have very little or no urine and the body weight gain should be controlled within 4% between dialysis.
·proper supply of water-soluble vitamins such as vitamin B, vitamin E, folic acid, etc.
·have proper and regular exercises which can help improve appetite, sleep quality, strengthen physical fitness and enhance immunity. It can also help relieve stress, anxiety and other negative emotions. Walking, jogging, gardening, swimming, tai chi, qi gong are all good choices and choose according to your conditions and interests.
·early prevention and timely treatment for renal anemia, bone diseases, HLP (hyperlipidaemia), CVD (cardiovascular diseases), infections and other complications.
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