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What Milk Swap is Safe for Dialysis Patients

Provided by Expert Yang Hongtao on : 2014-02-09 12:09

What Milk Swap is Safe for Dialysis PatientsKidney disease or dialysis patients who want to adhere to a kidney-friendly diet are always recommended to limit their intake of milk. To guarantee enough nutrition, most patients try to find milk sway safe for dialysis patients. This article, written by dietitian at kidney healthy web, just talks about this topic.

Why do dialysis patients need to control their dairy milk intake?

Dialysis is one therapy that replaces damaged kidneys to filter out extra fluid, waste and toxins, but it is unable to remove some substances such as potassium and phosphorus efficiently. If taken additional amount, extra potassium and phosphorus may cause a series of problems easily, including, irregular heartbeat, skin itching, muscle cramps, nausea and vomiting, bone disease, shortness of breath, etc. Some of them are even life-threatening. From this point, dialysis patients should pay highly attention about the amount of potassium and phosphorus intake.

Generally speaking, eight ounces of dairy milk have about 230 mg of phosphorus and 366mg of potassium. Because of high content of these two minerals, dialysis patients are required to limit dairy milk intake.

Is there a milk swap safe for dialysis patients?

As society develops, more and more milk swaps appear in the market. If you are trying to choose one good alternative milk, you had better firstly make clear your potassium and phosphorus level. Then, you can leave them to us in the below message board or send them to kidney-healthy@hotmail.com, we can give you some specific suggestions.

For most dialysis patients, they may consider drinking several types of milk swaps in their diet. Coconut oil, almond milk, soy milk, etc, may not reduce the burden on kidneys with correct amount. Therefore, no matter which milk swap you decide to try, always make sure you are consuming safe and correct amount.


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