Today’s video is in response to a question we received from an individual who was heading to dialysis, “How long can I live on dialysis?”
Dialysis is the process of removing excess water, solutes, and toxins from the blood in people whose kidneys can no longer perform these functions naturally. Sometimes, people with kidney disease may not have a choice besides dialysis. However, the multiple factors that would determine your survival rate on dialysis would depend on your medical condition, health history, and you should not be scared of it.
Typically, the kidneys start working again within several weeks to months after the underlying cause has been taken care of. The person who asked us the question was told by his doctor to go on dialysis for about 7-10 months. Nonetheless, he was in pretty good shape and did not have any underlying medical conditions. There are many people living on dialysis for over 40 years.
Anyone with kidney disease can live on dialysis for years, depending on their condition. The way you take of yourself during dialysis can make or break your situation. Individuals who are very sick may pass away after a short time on dialysis, while some on the other hand may live for a long time.
Choosing the right medications is very important with dialysis as it can help manage your blood sugar levels and blood pressure. Alongside, following a kidney-friendly diet can reap multiple benefits. Having many opinions from different doctors can be helpful as that can broaden the things you can do to help improve your kidneys.
For more useful information on how to improve your quality of life on dialysis, check out our YouTube Channel