Most Chronic Kidney Disease patients conducting Dialysis Treatments know that having too much water in their body is called fluid overload (Hypervolemia). Patients must watch their fluid intake because the kidneys are no longer able to balance fluid levels in the body. While it is common for fluid build-up to cause Dialysis patients discomfort, swelling, feeling heavy, and shortness of breath - many patients do not realize that regularly going over their recommended fluid allowance increases the risk of mortality (death), according to Nephrology News.
Researchers found that cumulative (the total amount of something when it's all added together) fluid overload over one year predicted a higher risk of death than the single measurement made at the start of regular Dialysis Treatment. Hence, drinking too much fluid between Dialysis Treatments has a larger impact on a patient's health than just feeling uncomfortable until the fluid is removed after their treatment. This may be a result of the fact that the extra fluid can affect a patient's heart rate, the muscles of the heart, and may increase the chances of heart problems occurring. Try the following tips to avoid fluid overloading:
1.) Track your fluid. Some patients use a visual to help them see how much fluid they are taking in. Find a container that you can mark or keep a mental note of liquids that you have on a daily basis.
2.) Follow the fluid guidelines given to you by your Healthcare Team. Most Dialysis patients need to limit their fluid intake to 32 ounces per day.
3.) Manage your thirst. Your Dietitian can help you find ways to manage your thirst such as sugar-free hard candies, ice chips, or frozen grapes. This will help you avoid drinking too much fluid between dialysis treatments.
4.) Manage your sodium. Sodium, in the form of salt, causes your body to hold on to water. Too much salt in your diet will increase your chances of fluid overload and make it more difficult to remove fluid during dialysis.
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