In general patients have a perception that dietary indiscretion and food intake during a dialysis session is countered by removal by dialysis. It may not be entirely true since what we eat has to go through the process of entry from our intestine to the blood and removal by dialysis.
It is important that we are well nourished during our treatment of any kind of illness. But at the same time we know it is hard for many patients to consume enough calories and protein on the days they come to dialysis. Because of this, we need to bring a snack to eat before, during or following our treatment.
Q 1. When should we avoid eating?
Ans : Avoid eating during treatment if you are having these symptoms:
- Low blood pressure
- Coughing or choking
Q 2. What is the right posture we should be in while eating?
Ans : We should eat in an upright position. Ask your care provider to help you to sit up
Q 3. What is the most important thing about ‘eating during treatment’?
Ans : The amount and type of food and fluid you eat is important.
Q 4. What is the right amount of food/fluid intake during treatment?
Ans : Full size meals, large snacks and liquid intake of more than 1 cup (240 cc) during treatment are not recommended as they may increase the risk of some disturbances of dialysis session
Q 5. What kind of food is good to have during treatment?
Ans : Foods eaten during dialysis should be “kidney-friendly.” Potassium and phosphorus eaten during treatment will not reach the bloodstream until after dialysis where it builds up until the next treatment.
Q 6 Which are the food we should consider carrying for our dialysis sessions?
Ans : The convenient choice of food are:
- Food that does not need to be heated at the center
- Does not have a strong odour or leave a mess
- Can be eaten with one hand / does not require help to open or eat
- Will not make you thirsty
DaVita policy states
“Patients who bring food to the dialysis facility should only bring food that is securely sealed or wrapped to prevent leakage and does not require refrigeration or heating at the facility.”
Remember to take your phosphate binders when you eat during or after dialysis.