What special diet restrictions should kidney patients impose on themselves during this season of Covid19?

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Patients who require regular dialysis needs to remember that they are at a very high risk of getting infected with Covid19. Their immunity levels are lower and visits to the hospitals for dialysis can increase the risk of exposure. Also, due to the pandemic, dialysis schedules may get disrupted. In this condition, it is very important to take extra care of your diet in order to keep the situation in control.

For patients on dialysis it is important to restrict water and salt as dialysis schedules can get disrupted or delayed due to COVID 19 breakdowns in dialysis units.

Since your kidneys are not functioning properly, the toxins in your body (such as creatinine and urea) that are usually sent out through urine will now get released in blood stream.

This causes a severe life threatening symptom called uremia which includes extreme tiredness or fatigue, cramping in your legs, little or no appetite, headache, nausea and vomiting. To avoid this stop eating anything high in sodium, phosphorus, and potassium.

For kidney patients who are not on dialysis, a protein restricted vegetarian diet is preferred at this time.

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