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Anemia and CKD Stage 4: Which Food can Help Me

Anemia and CKD Stage 4: Which Food can Help MeA person with CKD Stage 4 has advanced kidney damage with a severe decrease in the GFR to 15-29 ml/min. As kidney function declines, wastes build up in the blood resulting in a condition called "uremia." In this stage, a person is likely to develop complications of Kidney Disease such as anemia. Which food can be helpful to relieve this problem?

Causes of Anemia in CKD Stage 4

a. Normally, kidneys produce a hormone known as erythropoietin (EPO). This hormone can tell the bone marrow to make more red blood cells in the bloodstream. If the kidneys are impaired in CKD, they may make less or no epo, causing anemia.

b. CKD Stage 4 patients are often suggested to restrict the intake of protein. Iron, a mineral found in high protein foods, can help make hemoglobin. If patients can not get enough amounts of iron from the diet, there is less hemoglobin and anemia may occur.

c. The accumulation of waste products in the blood can also affect red blood cells.

Which foods can help anemia in CKD Stage 4?

Eating foods that are high in iron, vitamin B12 and folic acid can be helpful for some patients. You can consult your dietitian to find foods that are good sources of these vitamins and minerals. Or leave a message below with your detailed disease condition, so our kidney experts can offer you the best diet plan.

Dialysis is often suggested when kidney function drops to 15% or less. People with CKD Stage 4 and anemia can put off or even avoid dialysis or transplant by take treatment to improve kidney function. You can refer to this article 'How to Avoid CKD Develop into Kidney Failure' for better understanding.

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