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What Will Happen If A Dialysis Patient Has Low Protein Level

What Will Happen If A Dialysis Patient Has Low Protein LevelDialysis usually won’t be taken unless Kidney Failure occurs. For some dialysis patients, they suffer from protein problem, that is, low protein level in the blood. Well, what will happen if a dialysis patient has low protein level?

Why some dialysis patients have low protein level in the blood?

To be honest, there are four reasons that may lead to this problem. Read on to find out what causes your low protein level.

The first one is severely damaged kidneys. Healthy kidneys are responsible for filtering out waste and toxins and keep beneficial nutritions including protein. With damaged kidneys, protein may leak into the urine easily.

The second one is malnutrition. Low protein level may indicate malnutrition, because dialysis patients are always recommended to follow a restricted diet plan that may provoke malnutrition easily.

The third one is infections. Dialysis patients are at a high risk of infections. If this occurs, the body will use up nutritions and protein to fight the infection.

The last one is dialysis itself. Dialysis can help flush out waste, but in the same time, some helpful nutrients like protein may go through the dialysis membrane. Then, protein level in the blood declines.

What happen if a dialysis patient has low protein level?

Protein is one essential nutrient for the body. When the body has less protein, the following problems may present easily.

- Swelling or edema

- Muscle wasting and energy level decline

- Easy bruising

- Blood clotting problems

- Nail, skin and hair changes

- Slow wound healing

- Nausea, headache or abdominal pain

- Dizziness, fatigue or depression

The above problems may be attributed to low protein level in the blood. If uncontrolled effectively and timely, patients may be putted in a dangerous state. From this analysis, you had better consult the doctor online for an effective treatment, if you are on dialysis and suffering from low protein level.

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