An 83 male diabetic on hemodialysis for 7 yrs wants to discontinue treatment for reasons other than medical. No family, no income, cannot do without support. He cannot stand up on his own due to balance problems. Wants to discontinue HD. Can expect to stay alive for how long after stopping HD? Do not want suffering. Can you advise?

If someone stops dialysis after being on dialysis for seven years, it is unlikely that he will live for very long.  In most studies, patients who stop dialysis after being dependent on dialysis for 7 years will die within two weeks.  I suggest that you discuss this with a Hospice physician or a Palliative Care physician to determine whether this fellow can be helped with either Hospice or Palliative care.

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