A loss of appetite can occur from a variety of reasons, and once the underlying cause has been discovered, steps can be taken to eliminate the cause and restore the appetite. Individuals with Chronic Kidney Failure often experience this problem.
Appetite loss is also referred to as a food aversion or anorexia, involving
decreased appetite, hunger or desire to eat. This condition may often be
accompanied by fatigue, feelings of listlessness, depression, nausea, vomiting,
Chronic Kidney Failure, also known as chronic kidney disease, can cause loss
of appetite due to gradual decline of kidney function.
When the kidneys are healthy, they keep the body and blood clean by filtering
and eliminating waste products, electrolytes and fluids. If the kidneys fail
over time in kidney failure, their ability to perform this function
significantly decreases, causing dangerous high levels of fluid and wastes to
build up in the body. In this condition, people with Chronic Kidney Failure will
suffer from decreased appetite.
Besides, other common signs and symptoms associated with Chronic Renal
Failure include unintentional weight loss, decreased urine output, nausea and
vomiting, fatigue, weakness, difficulty in sleep, reduced mental sharpness,
muscle cramps/twitches, ankle and feet swelling and itchy skin.
What are the treatments for loss of appetite?
▪ Limit the intake of fluid, as fluid intake can fill us up and reduce the
appetite from solid food. Patients need to restrict the water intake during and
▪ Eat in a pleasant environment, as a pleasant eating environment can enhance
relaxation and improve one's appetite and eating habits.
▪ The most important treatment is to block further decline of kidney damage,
protect the remaining renal function, repair the damaged kidneys, and regulate
the immune system. The latest Immunotherapy can help us achieve these goals and
eliminate the symptom of appetite loss.