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Kidney patients suggested to be more cautious during Ramzan

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Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), a long-term condition involving the gradual loss of kidney function, must consult with their physicians to assess the severity of their condition, if they choose to fast during the holy month of Ramzan.
"CKD patients are more vulnerable to deterioration of the renal function during Ramzan as prolonged fasting decreases the renal perfusion at the end of the day," Nephrologist Dr. KBM Hadiuzzaman told media in the city on Tuesday.
Also an Associate Professor of Nephrology at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), he said CKD patients can fast in Ramzan but with risk as their kidneys fail to retain normal rates of body fluids, making them susceptible to further renal dysfunction and renal damage.
"The major concern for CKD patients regarding fasting is the possibility of dehydration and its deleterious consequences on the kidney function," he said and urged the kidney transplant patients to abstain from fasting due to their need to comply with their prescribed medication dosages and times.
Moreover, the nephrologist said, many kidney transplant patients are suffering from diabetic. If they want to fast, they may have a negative impact with fluctuation of blood sugar," he added.
He stressed on keeping self-control in taking unhealthy but delicious food and taking necessary medicine after Sehri and Iftar as per suggestions of physician in order to ensure adequate protection against potential complications while fasting.
He said the patients should have good intake nutrition and diet food during Sehri and Iftar. "The recommended diet, including amounts of protein, calories and nutrients, changes depending on how much kidney function you have," he added.

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