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What is the life expectancy for patients with ESRD on dialysis? ESRD patients only have 15% kidney function or less, so most patients have to begin dialysis. Dialysis can replace diseased kidneys to cleanse blood, maintain electrolyte balance and regulate blood pressure, but not as effectively as healthy kidneys.
How long can ESRD patients live with dialysis?
According to clinical research, the average life expectancy of ESRD patients on dialysis is about 5-10 years, but the answer for individuals changes from case to case. This is because not only the sufficient extent of dialysis but also the remaining kidney function, the severity of complications, lifestyle and diet determine ESRD patients’ life span. In dialysis center, some patients live with dialysis for as long as 25 hours, while some other patients die only after several times of dialysis treatment. In view of this, the biggest thing we concern should try to prolong ESRD patients’ life expectancy.
Well control of complications, healthy diet and effective alternative treatments are helpful.
The following content will introduce these methods one by one.
1. Well control of complications: High blood pressure, proteinuria and renal anemia are big risks for ESRD patients. If you have ESRD and any of these complications, you can manage them actively. For example, if you have proteinuria, steroids, immunosuppressants and some Chinese medicines along with low-protein diet may be needed along with your condition.
2. Arrange a healthy diet and lifestyle: Low sodium and low protein are the basic requirements for ESRD patients. Besides, some foods, such as onion, red bell peppers and berries can help improve kidney function. On the downside, some foods and bad life habits may worsen patients’ condition. Therefore, ESRD patients should develop a healthy diet and lifestyle with doctor’s guidance.
3. Choose effective treatments: For ESRD patients who want to live without dialysis safely, some treatments that can help improve their kidney function are needed. Polluted Blood Therapy, medicated bath, Stem Cell Therapy, etc, are suitable for different patients. Remember the most suitable treatment is just the best treatment for you.
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