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What to Do About Loss of Appetite in Kidney Disease

Provided by Expert Zhang Youkang on 2013-02-17 10:30

Loss of appetite is commonly seen in advanced kidney disease. It can affect their intake of nutrition and is bad to their improvement. So, how to resolve the problem?

In advanced kidney disease, the kidneys are not functioning well to remove wastes. High levels of toxins and wasts in blood can affect multiple organs. If digestive system is involved, it can cause vomiting, nausea and other digestive system symptoms. Also, depression and other bad emotions can attribute to loss of appetite.

Well-nourished people with Kidney Disease can stay healthier and live longer. Even if you are not hungry, it is important to eat and keep good nutrition. As you need to reduce protein foods intake, you should increase the intake of calories and quality protein to make you feel well. How to arrange your diet to keep good nutrition?

You should have enough calories in the day and also may suggest a higher intake of carbohydrates and fats. However, it does not mean you can eat any carbohydrate or any fat. You should choose those which can supply your body with nutritions and also do not cause workload on kidneys.

Additionally, the following tips can help people with kidney disease manage loss of appetite.

Add more bland, starchy foods or whatever foods appeal to you in diet.

Eat small portions of protein foods, at a cold temperature.

Eat several small meals instead of large one.

Try a liquid nutritional drink once a day.

Improve the protein content in your meals.

If you are in ESRD and loss of appetite appears persistently, it may indicate that you need to start dialysis. Most of the patients with kidney disease can have improvement in their appetite after dialysis is performed.

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