Daily Archives: January 4, 2019

I am (Male / Age: 52) from India and have CKD from last 1 year. Still, I am not on dialysis but doctor suggests to do dialysis. My question is can anyone with CKD is not able to produce urine at all? As I have CKD and my creatinine is average 10-12 and I urinate 6-8 times in a day. So can I consider that I have no CKD because I am producing and passing urine multiple times in a day? Please let me know if I am right or not with your basic understandings. Thank You!

Urine production is not an accurate reflection of kidney function. Patients on dialysis will commonly make urine several times daily. Hence, the best estimate of your kidney function is your serum creatinine and the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR). The … Continue reading

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My husband was diagnosed with end stage renal failure in June 2017. He is not on the transplant list because he needs to lose weight. I have him on the Keto diet. I spoke with his nurses, doctors, and nutritionist at dialysis to ensure this was a good idea and they are all for it. He has been doing it for a couple months now and has not lost any weight. I noticed a few inches, but he’s getting discouraged. His blood work is still all normal, I told them the second something changes or he gets worse I will stop the diet. He has not had carbs for 2 months or sugar, just the occasional diet coke here and there when he’s craving a sweet (I know it has phosphorus, I’d rather a small can then have him eat cake or donuts). He’s barely eating the food I make, and has cheat days when I have cheat days. I am down 65 pounds since last summer. He’s definitely doing what I’m doing, but getting very depressed when he sees me losing weight. Is there an experienced nutritionist that can call or talk to him, maybe talk to him and ask him about what he eats? He needs to eat. He barely touches his food, and I know he’s not getting any fat.

It is very difficult to lose weight on dialysis by limiting dietary intake of calories. It is important to limit calories in the diet and burn calories with increased activity. Hence, I would recommend that your husband figure out how … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Dialysis, Diet/Nutrition, Kidney-Related Health Questions

I recently had bloodwork done and my eGFR non African American back at 37. What does that mean for me especially at age 47?

If the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) has been 37 milliliters per minute per 1.73 meters squared for at least three months, then this would suggest that you have chronic kidney disease (CKD) and it would be at Stage 3b. … Continue reading

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