If kidney failure occurs (stage 5 CKD – the last one), dialysis must begin. Dialysis is a method of replacing kidney function, to remove waste products from the blood and rids the body of excess fluids. There are two basic types of dialysis – haemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. In both methods for replacing kidney function, in comparison from the predialysis stage, it is necessary to ensure an increased intake of protein, which is how these two forms of the disease differ significantly. The rule of enough energy, reduced phosphorous, potassium and salt applies as with the predialysis stage. We often find malnutrition in patients on dialysis, which can have a major impact on a patient’s prognosis. Tackling malnutrition must be done early, not just by changing the usual diet but also using a special range of dietary (nutritional) supplements, i.e. sip feeds. It was for these situations that nutrego RENAL HP, with its special ingredients (high protein content), was developed for dialysis patients with or at risk of malnutrition.
In the words of a nutritional specialist:
During dialysis, patients lose proteins / amino acids and these losses are not easily replaced with a normal diet without leading to increased phosphorous intake. Phosphorous is largely present in meat and dairy products, which are a major source of protein. In the situation where weight loss and a fall in certain proteins in the blood need to be addressed, sip feeding is an ideal and relatively quick approach with a high dose of protein, optimally 10 g/100 ml, as in nutrego RENAL HP. The product can be used during dialysis or between regular meals during the day.