With the heatwave expected to last another day across most of the UK, and an amber warning having been issued by the Met Office advising people to take action to avoid becoming unwell, Kidney Care UK is advising kidney patients to take particular care:
Fiona Loud, Policy Director at Kidney Care UK, says: “Many people don’t realise that people with kidney disease who are on dialysis will be on fluid restrictions, and only allowed an average of around 500ml (or two glasses of water) per day. In this heat they are likely to sweat more so can drink a bit more, but we also advise them to keep cool and to use ice cubes and ice lollies to ensure they stay hydrated.
Conversely, people who have had a kidney transplant should drink more as they need to keep their kidneys well hydrated. They must also take extra care in the sun because the medicines they take to ensure their body doesn’t reject the new kidney puts them at increased risk of developing skin cancer, They should avoid the sun at peak times, if they spend time outside then make sure they have a hat and factor 50 sun protection.
If you are worried that you might be dehydrated, check the Think Kidney’s ‘healthy pee’ guide(right).
Avoiding dehydration is critical because kidney patients on many medications are at particular risk of developing Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) if they get dehydrated. AKI affects 1 in 5 people admitted to hospital as an emergency and may be more deadly than a heart attack.”
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