Living with the therapy
In Germany, there are nearly 60, 000 dialysis patients. For those affected, a blood wash is an immense change in everyday life, both at home and at work. Although nationwide and local treatment are possible and in many places offers late and night dialysis the patient a certain flexibility, life still needs to be constantly adjusted to the therapy and this takes a large proportion of time.
Fortunately, treatment facilities are increasingly being found worldwide so that dialysis patients can also travel. Those affected also need to adjust their diet to kidney disease, which most people find a further limitation on their quality of life.
Restrictions in the diet
A maximum of one liter of fluid per day may be consumed, potassium-rich foods such as fruit, chocolate, nuts are taboo, as they may trigger cardiac arrhythmias. It is important to regularly take tablets that bind the excess phosphate in the blood, which otherwise causes bone damage and arteriosclerosis. Certain vitamins may also need to be added.
Side effects and long-term effects of the therapy
Other underlying conditions such as high blood pressure, lipid metabolism disorders or high blood pressure must be adjusted by medication. Since optimum performance never reaches the performance of a healthy kidney, the well-being and efficiency of those affected are limited.
Late damage can include vascular calcification, heart disease, bone and joint damage. Alternative treatment is kidney transplantation, which is performed every year in just under 2, 000 patients, but which also has no side effects, as it constantly requires the use of agents that suppress the immune system. In addition, there are currently not enough donor kidneys available.