Irregular and sedentary lifestyle habits have contributed heavily to the root cause of Type 1 And Type 2 diabetes. It is also one of the most common risk factors contributing to chronic kidney disease. The primary issue is such that both of these comorbidities are of grave concern and increase the risk of easy transmission of COVID-19 virus. Just as we said, the risk of diabetes is also too high for those on regular dialysis and is essential for people to keep a check on their blood sugar levels.
Diabetes & Dialysis
One must know that diabetes correlates with the occurrence of kidney disorders, as blood vessels in the kidney become weak. This leads to the limited working capacity of the kidney in filtering out the waste and toxins from the body. And, declined kidney function may eventually lead to kidney failure too. Hence, the need of the hour in the current times is to be extra vigilant about the blood sugar levels, and the key to this is managing a proper diet and exercise schedule. Listed below are some care tips that one must follow to stay fit and safe from diabetes while on dialysis:
Diet Tips For Dialysis Patients
Listed below are some essential diet tips that one must follow to be safe from the risk of getting diabetes:
- Always look for a diet plan from your dietician or nephrologist as they can suggest the best what to eat and what to avoid.
- It is a must to eat three meals in a day as it helps in managing the blood sugar levels, going extraordinarily high or low.
- Make sure that you maintain a distance from high-calorie and dense foods as they can add stress on the heart muscles.
- The best is to include more non-processed food items like low-fat dairy, lean meat, vegetables, fruits, grains, etc.
- Opt for low-potassium food as it helps add the fibre content in the body
- As advised to you by the doctor, keep a check on how much liquid you take in a day.
Tips On Physical Activity
Listed below are some tips to stay healthy and active to avoid the risk of getting diabetes:
- The best way is to maintain a healthy weight and stay away from stress, which is possible by exercising daily
- Being overweight or obese is the worst that can happen. Hence, if you are on the heavier side, look for ways to reduce weight.
- Opt for resistance training and aerobic exercises to reduce the blood sugar levels, as exercising makes a big difference in managing lifestyle diseases.
- Stay calm by practising yoga.
Stay Strong With Medication
Lastly, the most important is to follow what the doctors preach:
- Always monitor the blood sugar levels
- Do not miss out on the medication prescribed by the doctor
- Keep a check on eye health, too, as diabetes directly affects the eye too. In case of any discomfort, consult a doctor
- Good oral hygiene should be maintained
- Check on glucose levels daily, and even on dialysis days too
With inputs from Dr Nishit Mohanty, Nephrologist, NephroPlus Dialysis Centers, Bhubaneswar & Balasore
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