Vitamin D is produced in the body with ultraviolet rays from sun exposure, and it can also be consumed through diet. Since many Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients often do not have enough time or energy to go outside regularly, avoid the sun due to various types of prescribed medications, and must limit Vitamin D rich foods due to dietary restrictions, they are often naturally deficient in the nutrient. This can lead to severe sweating, aching bones, uncomfortable gut conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease, severe bouts of depression, and heart complications. Now researchers are suggesting that a newly found serious concern in patients that suffer from low Vitamin D.
Research has appeared to conclude that serious infection risk is lower in Dialysis patients with normal or even high levels of Vitamin D. More specifically, Chronic Kidney Disease patients conducting Dialysis who have normal or high levels of Vitamin D had a 39% lower risk of contracting an infection when compared with those who have low levels.
Dialysis Centers often give Chronic Kidney Disease patients Vitamin D during treatments, due to the fact that most Dialysis patients must avoid the natural Vitamin D from the sunshine and it can be difficult to get enough Vitamin D through diet alone. Still, if you are Vitamin D deficient then good sources of the vitamin include oily fish and eggs, fortified cereals, and fat spreads. The generally recommended intake varies and is provided in the following list courtesy of, Techtimes.com:
- 600 IU for ages 1 to 70
- 800 IU for those older than 70
- 400 to 1,000 IU per day for preventing Osteoporosis and fractures
- 1,200 IU daily are suggested for fighting the Flu.
While additional Vitamin D supplements are very easily accessible, it is encouraged for all Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients to discuss the idea of using additional supplements with their Nephrologists before making any changes to their diets or medication regimens.
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