The number of people who need a Kidney Transplant to avoid or get off of Dialysis is increasing, which in turn has caused the Kidney Transplant Waiting List to also rapidly grow in size. In fact, there are approximately over 110,000 patients registered on the Kidney Transplant Waiting List in the United States, according to the research organization, UpToDate Inc. As a result, a staggering 4,500 people die every year waiting for a Kidney Transplant (many of these individuals were good candidates for a transplant when they were first put on the Waiting List). Although a Kidney Transplant is not a cure, it can be a life-changing alternative to Dialysis for Chronic Kidney Disease patients. The Large Dialysis Organization, DaVita suggested that the benefits of a Kidney Transplant are significant, and here are five reasons why the demand for Kidney Transplants are rapidly growing:
1. No Dialyzing: Once the Kidney Transplant process is complete and the new kidney is fully functioning, Chronic Kidney Disease patients do not have to spend any more time going to Dialysis and Dialyzing. Most patients spend 12 to 15 hours a week or more receiving some form of Dialysis. Those hours do not include traveling to and from Dialysis Centers and recovering after treatments. Reclaiming that time can help you get the most out of life!
2. Longer life expectancy: On average, Chronic Kidney Disease patients who receive a Kidney Transplant typically live longer than those who stay on Dialysis, noted Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
3. Better health when compared to Dialysis: Dialysis, while life sustaining, can lead to other medical problems such as Anemia, Bone Disease, Heart Disease (leading cause of death in the Chronic Kidney Disease Community), Vascular Disease (circulatory condition in which narrowed blood vessels reduce blood flow to the limbs), High Blood Pressure, nerve damage, and infection.
4. More freedom and energy: Chronic Kidney Disease patients who have received a Kidney Transplant often feel well enough to spend more time with their loved ones, participate in hobbies they enjoy, travel, exercise, cook, clean, participate in fun outings/activities and do more of the things that they find fulfilling. Dialysis patients feel that their lives are considerably more limited and they are not able to conduct all of the activities that they would otherwise like.
5. Fewer dietary restrictions: People on Dialysis should follow a diet limiting phosphorus, sodium, potassium, and protein. In addition, they should monitor their fluid intake so as not to go over their daily limit recommended by their Nephrologists. While there are still some dietary constraints, people who receive a Kidney Transplant have a less restricted diet, no fluid regulations, and more energy.
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