Still Dialysis Free

I am happy to report that my kidneys are still functioning and I have not had to start dialysis yet!  My goal is still to continue moving toward transplant and avoiding dialysis.  I think paying close attention to my diet, taking all of my medications and remaining positive everyday are some of the key factors of these kidneys of mine holding on.

My kidneys have been having some trouble processing phosphorus so my doctor has me taking a phosphorus binder.

The American Kidney Fund explains Phosphorus this way:
Phosphorus is a mineral found in many foods. It works with calcium and vitamin D in your body to keep your bones healthy and strong. Healthy kidneys keep the right amount of phosphorus in your body, but when your kidneys are not working well, phosphorus can build up to dangerous levels in your blood.

When you have too much phosphorus in the blood, your body will pull calcium from the bones in an attempt to match the amount of phosphorus in the blood, causing bones to become weak and brittle. This condition is called hyperphosphatemia.

 I have drastically reduced the amount of Phosphorus that I eat on a daily basis.  Avoiding dairy, chocolate, cereal, processed foods, deli meat, fast food and sodas are many of the foods I've given up. Many boxed and premade foods have hidden phosphorus in them as preservatives.  The FDA does not have to list phosphorus in its nutrition facts, but if you read the ingredients label you need to look for additives with phos or phosphate in them like Sodium Polyphosphates, Disodium phosphate, and well, the list goes on and on.  Here is a great list of phosphate additive terms:
http://www.phosadd.com/foods/listB.htm

Not every kidney patient is on a low phosphate diet.  Some people need to closely watch their potassium, others their sodium and others protein.  I try to watch all of these factors and my doctor has given me some boundaries to stay within.

My best advice is to talk to your doctor about how you can sustain your kidney function with diet changes.  Keep your appointments and be your best self everyday!





Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. I am not a medical professional. NO information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any disease or condition.

Comments

  1. You are so smart to follow the advice of the medical team and avoid dialysis as long as possible. Phosphorus was one of Rick's problems until he completely gave up dairy... especially cream in his DD coffee.

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