A change in diet may also prevent deaths occurring during kidney dialysis, according to researchers from Johns Hopkins University. Deaths could be avoided, they reported in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, by giving patients a low protein diet supplemented by ketoacids and amino acids.
The team administered the diet and supplements to 44 kidney failure patients during their first two years on dialysis. During the period, only two patients died. National statistics suggest that 11 to 12 patients in a group that size would usually die in the same period.