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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 97-101

Eating during dialysis: An observational cohort study from India


1 Department of Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics, Yashoda Hospitals, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
2 Department of Nephrology, Yashoda Hospitals, Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Urmila Anandh
Department of Nephrology, Yashoda Hospitals, Secunderabad, Hyderabad, Telangana 500003
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jrnm.jrnm_6_21

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Background: Patients on maintenance hemodialysis often develop malnutrition. Elderly patients with multiple comorbidities often are at risk. The catabolic nature of hemodialysis also contributes to the problem. Multiple interventions such as modifying dialysis timings and oral nutritional supplementation have been tried. Eating during dialysis is increasingly being considered as an intervention with a positive impact on the nutritional status of these patients. Materials and Methods: We designed a study to look into the dietary habits of our stable hemodialysis cohort and the difference in their intake on dialysis and nondialysis days. Results: Our study shows that even though patients hardly achieve their recommended dietary allowances targets, their nutrient intake is better on their dialysis days. They consume a significantly higher amount of protein and fats on dialysis days. Their energy intake is also higher on the days of their dialysis. Patients consume a significantly higher amount of protein and fats on dialysis days. Their energy intake is also higher on the days of their dialysis. Conclusions: Hemodialysis patients eat better on dialysis days and eating during dialysis should be encouraged.


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