Worldwide more than 3,200,000 patients undergo dialysis because of chronic kidney failure. The stage of ‘kidney failure’ is reached when both kidneys stop, or have almost stopped doing their normal work (with less than 15% of the kidney's normal functions remaining).
If kidney disease progresses to this stage, waste products from normal body functions and excess fluid (for example, from drinking) accumulate in the body. As a consequence, toxins and water must be removed from the body with a blood purification procedure. This procedure is what's called dialysis.
Chronic kidney failure is treatable. And there are three basic types of treatments available, depending on physical constitution and any underlying diseases: transplantation, hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis.
Although receiving a diagnosis of chronic kidney disease might at first be a shock, it also marks the beginning of a new chapter of life.
Aside from the changes in your life related to kidney disease and treatment, life will go on! Many people have learned how to live their lives around dialysis treatments. There are many resources, both professional and patient sponsored, that can give you information and assistance in dealing with most of the issues that concern you.
You can return to work, or continue education while on dialysis. If you dialyze in a hemodialysis center, you will be given a treatment schedule that accommodates your work or education schedule. Another alternative is home hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis which allows for more flexibility and a freer schedule.
Nutrition and exercise
There is no reason not to enjoy a meal out. Your dietician can help you make good choices from restaurant menus. You can return to many of the activities that you have enjoyed in the past. Getting enough exercise and keeping fit is important for everyone, including people with kidney disease. Stick with your situation! Your illness is a daily challenge. If you want to keep control, then three things are essential:
Keep a systematic check on your diet
Keep physically active every day
Work with your doctor and your patient care team – they are there to help and support you
Being on dialysis does not mean you can't ever enjoy a holiday again. With Holiday Dialysis International (HDI) we provide you with a free and professional worldwide booking service for dialysis care. Either within our own network or in cooperation with external certified providers. The Holiday Dialysis International program helps restore mobility to dialysis patients, by providing dialysis treatment to nearly every corner of the globe.