How Long Will Kidney Failure People Live with Dialysis
Q: I am a kidney failure patient caused by diabetes. And I also have a heart problems. I am on dialysis for 2 years. Can you tell me how long will kidney failure people live with dialysis?
A: On average, the patient would live 3~5 years since she or he starts dialysis. Some researches show that the average life span of patients is less than five years on dialysis. Diabetes raises that mortality rate about 3% for a total of 25%. Among all death causes of Chronic Renal Failure, heart failure is in the first place.
In Renal Failure, the kidneys can not filter out the potassium. If the potassium level is too high in blood, it will cause the heart to beat irregularly. In addition, your kidneys are not able to discharge excess fluid from body. As a result, the vascular system will become flooded with fluid and the heart will not be able to keep up with the increased blood volume. Meanwhile, the fluid will flow into lung, which can make it difficult to breathe thus causing ischemia in other organs such as brain and heart.
If the above factors are combined together, there is little chance that she will survive long without dialysis.
However, you should know dialysis can change your life lot. You may have to encounter frequent infections, head ache, fluctuant blood pressure etc which usually occur during dialysis.
So, if possible, I hope you can take an alternative treatment. In China, many natural therapies, such as Chinese herbal medicine, medicated bath, acupuncture, moxibustion etc, have been applied to treat Renal Failure successfully. It can restore the impaired kidneys so as to improve the renal function.
All these natural treatments help improve kidney functions and repair the damaged kidney tissues, so that extent the life of patients who are on dialysis.