Kidney failure- Alternatives , suggestions, treatments.?

My friend’s kidneys got failed few months back. I would like to get some suggestions as to how to handle this.

Right now the Dialysis has to be done once in 3 days.

The reason for this is ,he use to take pain killers since his child hood. The intake of tablets has affected his kidneys.

  1. forestwizard1, 28 May, 2010

    Sorry to hear about your friend’s kidneys failing. I had a grandmother who went through the same thing for four years before she passed away in 2004.

    Unfortunately there are no known alternative treatments than dialysis for renal (kidney) failure.

    His doctor can probably recommend a dietician who can help set up a meal plan for him to follow.

    Renal patients have to follow a very strict diet that consists of a very limited to no sodium intake, as well as low to no phosphorous and potassium intake.

    By cutting out (or limiting consumption of) certain foods that contain any of the above-mentioned elements or minerals, you unfortunately limit the intake of other nutrients required for your body to function properly. Because a lot of dairy products contain potassium, for example, cutting back on the amount of dairy intake will cut back your potassium intake, but on the downside cut down on your intake of calcium. Calcium, as we all know, is vital in bone and muscle health. To combat this, your friend will need to take calcium supplements. His doctor can prescribe them, which may be costly. When my grandmother was prescribed the calcium supplements, the pharmacist told her to just buy a bottle of Tums, and chew four or five tablets three or four times a day. The Tums were a lot cheaper than the prescription, and the dosage was the same amount as the prescription.

    There are several sites on the web that have good recipes for kidney patients. Just type "renal recipes" into a search engine and you find several sites with yummy recipes. You can alter some of your favorite recipes as well, using the recipes you find on the web as guidelines. Remember: you have to cut down (or out completely) on the amount of sodium, potassium, and phosphorous your body takes in on a daily basis.

    Exercise is very important in this matter as well. We all know exercise is an important part of healthy living, but it’s even more so for kidney patients. Dialysis machines remove the blood from the body, cleanse it, and put it back in. To keep it "fresh", you want to do cardiovascular exercises at least three times a week. Again, talk to your doctor and see if they can prescribe a workout regiment just for kidney patients.

    Hope everything goes well for your friend.

  2. Notyour B, 28 May, 2010

    Only treatment other than dialysis is kidney transplant, if he is elligible. Other than that, a strict low-sodium diet must be followed as described by the person above, and even then dialysis cannot be avoided :-(, since the body must still get rid of urea (produced when proteins are processed), excess salt, and excess water, which is the function of kidneys.

    If kidneys have been destroyed by medication, no herb or alternative treatment will have them function again.

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