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How can blood urea levels be improved?

Q: My 67 years old husband is suffering from chronic renal failure and is on dialysis for the last 5 years. He is being dialysed three times a week for 3 hours each session. His blood test report showed urea at 112, which seems to be very high. Is it due the food he eats? If so, what type of foods should be avoided and what should be taken? His blood urea nitrogen (BUN) test showed 52.3 mg. What should we do to improve his BUN levels?

A:I am so glad to hear that your husband is having dialysis three times a week. I am sure he is keeping well. In fact ideally his BUN should be around 60 mg on dialysis, 52 is low. He should eat more protein, not less. And it should be first class protein such as milk, cheese, curds, meat, chicken and fish. Among animal proteins, fish is the healthiest.


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