Journal Watch - 2013

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  1. PD: Better survival than standard in-center HD

    DaVita followed 23,718 patients new to dialysis for 2 years. Those who chose PD (1,358) were nine times more likely to switch treatment options and three times more likely to get a transplant than those who chose standard in-center HD. The PD patients also had 48% better survival than those who did standard in-center HD.

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  2. PD + C + E = reduced oxidative stress

    We need oxygen to live. But, too much of a good thing can cause heart and blood vessel damage, and, if you do PD, damage your peritoneum. What can help? Among 20 people doing PD, supplements of the antioxidants vitamins C and E improved measures of oxidative stress, compared to 10 healthy volunteers who did not take the vitamins. (Ask your nephrologist if this is wise for you.)

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  3. If at first you don't succeed with PD...it still costs less than in-center HD

    A 4-year Canadian study has found that over a 3-year period, the cost of starting on PD and then switching to HD ($114,503) is still much less than doing standard in-center HD ($175,996). But starting and continuing PD is the lowest cost dialysis option ($58,724).

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  4. What does glucose in PD fluid have to do with artery calcification?

    Quite a bit, it appears. Among 50 people doing PD who did not have diabetes, about half had coronary artery calcification. Those who used more higher glucose PD fluids were more likely to have the problem, as were men with a history of heart disease, and those who did not get enough PD.

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