Building muscle with certain obstacles

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    Aug 04, 2010 1:37 AM GMT
    So I am finally going to start weight training and finally build more muscle..but I'm a dialysis patient...anyone know if that's going to make significantly harder to reach my goals?
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    Aug 04, 2010 5:18 AM GMT
    This is a question for your doctor.
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    Aug 04, 2010 5:23 AM GMT
    Speak with your doctor first; your kidneys are one of the hardest hit organs when you are working out / heavy lifting.
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    Aug 04, 2010 6:06 AM GMT
    Yes, see with your doctor, but doing sport is recommended when you are under dialysis, it actually can help you.
    I just suspect heavy weight lifting and high protein diet might not be right, but moderate activity conterbalance some of the physiological stress induced by dialysis.
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    Aug 04, 2010 7:46 AM GMT
    Weight training will release lactic acid into your blood and will affect that, so please make sure you speak with a physician. That is not something you want to go into without educating yourself.
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    Aug 19, 2010 11:10 PM GMT
    That is a very good question, it does make it harder but you will need to create a plan with your dialysis Dietitian and Physician about increasing your Phoslo, Renagel or Fosrenol (phosphorus binder) as you work on increasing your protein intake, your fluid restrictions may need to be retabulated and your dialysate solution or kidney size during dialysis may need to be modified as you increase your food intake and physical activity so that your electrolytes are not going crazy. Because your kidneys play a major role in hormone regulation your protein sysnthesis ability may be effected in a negative way. If you need to contact a Sports Dietitian in your local area who can work on your Dialysis and Weight Gaining goals go to www.scandpg.org. Good Luck!
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    Aug 20, 2010 5:07 PM GMT
    Thanks for the replies everyone!

    I've talked with my doctor about it before and he said everything was fine as long as I feel fine. I just wasn't sure about if I should be prepared for..."stunted" results.

    I've been doing a mix of MMA/Muay Thai training for about a year and a half (dialysis for almost 4) so I haven't been TOTALLY inactive, I just want to get myself into shape and don't feel I should let myself be held back by my issue (I'm sort of stubborn).

    But yea, my kidneys pretty much do nothing anymore so worrying about them getting any worse is pretty much not an issue. Though once I get transplanted I know ill need to be a little more careful.

    My regiment used to be ::Training (which is mostly cardio) 3 days a week for 1 hour each day:: and is currently ::Training(same mostly cardio stuff) 3 days a week an hour each day and lifting 5 days a week (alternating arms/chest-legs/back) with 2 of those days overlapping::

    The one thing I have noticed though is that certain muscles are way weaker than they used to be...In high school was much stronger (I'm only 22!!!!) so I have to work at a lower weight than my gym partner most of the time :/

    Sorry for rambling but thanks again for all the info guys, I didn't know some of the things that were brought up!