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CKD Stage 5 (Dialysis) Reversed after 1 Year Thanks to This Incredible Finding

When John – was started on  hemodialysis three times   per week – he never thought he had a chance. But after 524 days of dialysis, he recovered… COMPLETELY and was able to avoid being tied  to a machine for the rest of his life.

What I want to focus on today’s article are  ways to get out of kidney dialysis… alive.   According to a recent study published on  the prestigious journal PLUS Medicine,   4% of chronic dialysis patients COULD discontinue  dialysis due to recovery of kidney function – even   after months or years of dialysis.

CKD Stage 5 (Dialysis) Reversed after 1 Year

CKD Stage 5 (Dialysis) Reversed after 1 Year






But researchers believe that, even if patients   have the chance to recovery – they just don’t  know – because doctors usually don’t check.   Yes, this is shocking. Imagine being tied to a   machine just because your doctor doesn’t test your  kidney function anymore when you start dialysis.

Researchers today are studying patients that  are able to recover from dialysis – like our   John– to understand what factors can predict  if the patient will have a chance to recover.   To go out of dialysis.

Now John’s story is not something I’m making up. This is a real story. It’s a case report that   was published on a prestigious paper. When he was 59 years old, John   was admitted to a hospital with  unexplainable headache and vomiting.

His blood pressure was extremely  high measuring 228/138?mm Hg.   His creatinine was high too  – which told his doctor that   his kidneys weren’t working very good. He was then diagnosed with hemolytic-uremic   syndrome – it’s a disease of the  blood that affects the kidneys.

However, it was the treatment for this  condition that completely stopped his kidneys.   After a few days, he became anuric  and had to start dialysis.   He was on dialysis for almost one year and half.

But then, he recovered.   In this article I want to show you what John did – I am going to call him John to preserve   his identity – because he is not the only  one that has made it out of dialysis for  chronic kidney disease.

.. alive. Yes, this can happen.   More than 4% of chronic dialysis  patients get out of it.   This is why researchers are working to find  guidelines – a series of signs and symptoms  that mean that a patient on dialysis  doesn’t actually need… dialysis.   The problem is that, today,  these guidelines do not exist.   This means that when a patient  starts dialysis, it’s for life.   Even in the rare cases when the patient  doesn’t actually need dialysis.

Now, if you want to be sure  this doesn’t happen to you or to someone you love, there are five signs and  symptoms you should be on the look out for.   This is how John got out of dialysis.

After 1 year on dialysis, doctors  started to investigated John’s sister  as a possible donor for a kidney. They didn’t believe he had a chance.  Not until he started developing symptoms  of dialysis intolerance – such as muscle   cramps and low blood pressure.

Which is the first signs.   The second sign is that he started  skipping dialysis sessions when he could. After another month, he started having  nausea during every single dialysis session.   Eventually, the dialysis treatment was reduced to once a week.

Then he had another problem during  dialysis. He wasn’t able to complete   the session without having to pee. This is when his doctors decided   to test his kidney function again. When the doctors found out shocked them!  John’s kidney function – after 18  months on dialysis – was back at 21%.   Enough to sustain him without dialysis. Also, his blood pressure was down to 120/60.   514 days after the start of treatment,  dialysis was withdrawn completely.

The patient was monitored every week. What  doctors discovered about him is that…   More about this later on in this article. Now, as I was saying, this situation is more common than people realize.

So, what signs and symptoms indicates that a   dialysis patient doesn’t actually need dialysis? – hypotension   Many patients incorrectly on dialysis develop  low blood pressure during dialysis session.– muscle cramps and fatigue Patients who regain kidney function   after starting dialysis, often suffer from various  problems caused by the unbalances in minerals and  fluids caused by dialysis.

– dialysis intolerance   Dialysis can be very hard on the body,  especially if the patient doesn’t need  it. This may be noticed when symptoms such as  nausea and vomiting happen during sessions.

– less need for dialysis When they feel they don’t   need dialysis anymore, many patients start to  skip sessions or to reduce dialysis time.   Now, the most important sign that a patient need  way less dialysis than he is receiving – or no   dialysis at all – urine output   all the patients who got out of dialysis vocalized  an increment in urine output while on dialysis,   and some patients had to frequently interrupt  the dialysis session to pass urine.

what to do if you have one or more  of these symptoms during dialysis?   While symptoms such as nausea and low  blood pressure during dialysis are common, they should always be reported.   Tell your dialysis team if you experience  any of these issues so they can try to help.

But they are not necessarily a clue  that a patient doesn’t need dialysis.   On the other hand, the need to urinate  should never be underestimated. It means that the kidneys are working.

Patients undergoing dialysis with urine   out-put should ask for renal  function check periodically.   Yes, they should ask for it. Residual  renal function in dialysis patients   is very rarely monitored – even in  those with residual urine output.

Now, this is how doctors understood  that John didn’t need dialysis anymore.   But I bet you want to know what  he did in those 524 to maximize   his chances of getting out of dialysis.

There are 4 ways to maximize the chances of   recovering kidney function that work in  all the stages of kidney disease – even   for people on dialysis. 4 Take steps to fight anemia   Hemoglobin levels are a good predictor of  the survival rate of people on dialysis.

And they are also crucial to manage fatigue. This means that you should do everything in your power to fight anemia – the  cause of low hemoglobin levels.   This is actually very important for  people in any stage of kidney disease.

A simple trick to do this is eating foods rich in  iron – such as spinach, kale, swiss chard, beet   greens at the same time as a food rich in vitamin  C – such as kiwi, lemon, strawberry and more.

Doing this regularly will provide your body with  enough iron, and will make it bioavailable.   If this is not enough, a multivitamin can help. Many vitamins are needed by the body to make   red blood cells, but Vitamin C, vitamin  b12 and folate are particularly useful.

Now, these dietary changes and supplements  may help, but some patients, especially   those in the advanced stages, may still need  to take a medication called Erythropoietin.   So, very important, if you have symptoms  of anemia such as fatigue and paleness and   you’ve not been diagnosed or are not being  appropriately treated, talk to your doctor.










Don’t let Anemia go untreated – it reduces  the flow of oxygen throughout your body,   which damages your kidneys and  forces your heart to work harder.   This is the opposite of what you want.

Actually, another step you can   take to protect your heart is 3 take care of your blood pressure   FACT People in all the stages of kidney  disease need to take care of their blood   pressure – including those on dialysis.

Both to preserve their heart and their kidneys.   And, while taking the medications your  doctor may prescribe to you is really important,   there are natural remedies that can help. If you need to manage high blood pressure   Garlic is one of the best home remedies you  can use.

It works fast and can help manage   both high blood pressure and cholesterol. Magnesium, both from supplements and foods,   is also going to do wonders  for your blood pressure.   And you can find magnesium for very cheap.

Omega 3 fatty acids, this is another remedy   everyone should be using. In the right  dosage, this is a powerful anti-inflammatory,   with blood pressure lowering and  triglycerides lowering properties.

And what about diabetes?   Did you know that there’s a vitamin that  can prevent diabetes from damaging the   kidneys and the other organs in the  body if taken in very high dosage?   I’ve talked about it in my last article,  it’s up here if you want to know more.

Now, there’s a little-known way to  lower blood pressure that works even for people on dialysis 2 exercising   FACT Today’s guidelines suggest   even dialysis patients to exercise regularly!  even while doing dialysis, if they can.

according to a recent study,  incorporation of exercise into   the dialysis session may be really helpful. And for those of you guys that are not on   dialysis and really want to improve their  kidney function, consider that exercise is   the best way to improve blood circulation.

Improved circulation will directly increase   the rate blood is filtered through the kidneys. So it will basically… improve kidney function.   Other proven benefits of exercising  include lowering blood pressure, keeping   a healthy body weight, and improving sleep.

All of this is crucial for kidney health.   But obviously consult your doctor  before starting a new exercise routine.   And, the most important way in  which exercising can help is   1 lower cholesterol and improve heart health Abnormal cholesterol causes fatty deposits to form in your arteries, making it easier to form  clots which can lead to a heart attack or stroke.

A serious and very common danger  for people with kidney problems.   Besides exercising and  following a plant-based diet,   there’s one thing that really  helps with cholesterol levels.

Taking omega 3 supplements. Omega 3 fatty acids are responsible   for most of the benefits associated  with a diet rich in seafood.   In fact, they can protect against  heart disease and stroke.

they can improve sleep quality, bone and joint health,   reduce fat in the liver and are even  associated with a lower risk for cancer.   This is a supplement every one  should take, in my opinion.

Now guys, I bet you want to know  if John had a happily ever after.   He was checked for kidney function two  times after getting out of dialysis.   The first time, one year after  withdrawal of dialysis, his GFR was 21.

This is stage 4 of CKD, which requires  medications but no dialysis. Then, after 6 months, he was  checked for renal function again.   This time doctors were shocked to know that  his kidney function went up to 24 – which is   closer to stage 3 than dialysis.

His blood pressure was normal, he was in very good health. He was working  full time and enjoying his life.   Bottom-line Not many patients   on dialysis can expect to regain their kidney  function after more than one year of dialysis.

But it can happen. And there are several   forthcoming treatments that could be a beacon of  hope for people with advanced kidney disease.   The 3d printed kidney is one of them, but  the portable dialysis is even closer.


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