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Nephrologist advises kidney patients to take precautions before Ramadan

SENIOR Nephrologist Wednesday advised on Wednesday the patients with Kidney disease to consult with Kidney specialist before the start of holy month of Ramadan for taking extra precautions if they choose to fast.
Talking to media, Kidney specialist Dr Waqar Ahmad Niaz said many patients with chronic Kidney disease would be able to fast during Ramadan provided they take the necessary precautions.
He said that increasing awareness of the risk of kidney stones during the first two weeks of fasting is particularly important in vulnerable groups such as the elderly and the sick. He said it is important to know that healthy kidneys maintain a balance of water and concentration of minerals in the blood and remove waste by-products from the blood after digestion.
He said most important factor is the type of kidney disease the patient has suffered from , adding, it is important to consult the relevant doctors to decide whether the individual can fast or not.
He suggested the patients receiving dialysis should also consult with their dietician for maintaining a healthy and balanced diet during Ramadan.
Added that food provides nutrition and energy after dialysis, but the wrong foods can quickly replace the wastes that were removed, he said.
Meals after dialysis should limit salt, fluid, phosphorus and potassium, Dr Waqar said , adding, patients should also increase their protein intake after dialysis. Healthy proteins such as egg whites and fish to their meals can help replace the protein that was removed during their treatment, he recommended.
He said Kidney patients can fast in Ramadan but can have risk as their kidneys fail to retain normal rates of body fluids, making them susceptible to further renal dysfunction and renal damage.
Moreover, Dr Waqar said , many kidney transplant patients were suffering from diabetic. If they want to fast, they may have a negative impact with fluctuation of blood sugar,” he added.
“Kidney patients should also avoid prolonged exposure to intense heat when fasting and avoid working outside in high temperatures,” Dr said.
He also suggested patients to get physical exercise daily after Iftar in Ramadan “Every patient must go for walking to keep themselves healthy as they can properly observe their fasting,” He urged the media to create awareness among masses about preventive measures regarding kidney diseases.
Kidney related diseases’ patients should not skip Seher meal to avoid body weakness, bearing in mind that they need more calories than individuals in good health.