Dialysis is a choice when patients with kidney failure. However, despite of some curative effects, dialysis also brings some sufferings to the patients. Common side effects dialysis causes are fever, infection, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and weight loss. Here, I will explain you the causes of weight loss due to dialysis.
Why do dialysis patients lose a lot of weight?
Actually, loosing weight is not always a bad thing. If you lose some weight after the dialysis, it means that the excessive fluids and wastes have been removed effectively. This is good for relieving a high blood pressure and high level of blood sugar, reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
However, if you lose a lot of weight abnormally, it can be caused by poor appetite. Even though dialysis can help kidneys to cleanse the blood and remove wastes such as creatinine and BUN (blood urea nitrogen), it cannot repair the damaged intrinsic renal cells. That is to say, dialysis cannot improve the kidney function, so the other organs are still affected. A poor appetite is a gastrointestinal problem. At this time, nutritions cannot be absorbed fully, and patients begin to lose weight.
If you lose a lot of weight after one time dialysis, it may be due to dehydration and you may also have other symptoms like muscle cramps, dizziness, abnormal heart rhythms, sweating, nausea and vomiting. If you have the same situations, you should talk with your doctor immediately.
How to manage that condition?
The most important thing is to find the reason why you lose weight. Then, ask help for your doctor and dietitian. They will make you a diet plan to provide some calories to enhance your body. However, if you lose weight abnormally, it indicated your kidney function is still decreasing. I recommend you to take some Chinese herbs. They can not only improve the malnutrition but also can enhance kidney function.
Since everybody has a specific condition, the diet plan and herbs used are different from individual to individual. You’d better consult the doctor’s advice before you make any change.