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Weight gain following a kidney transplant
Sistie_J posted:
I received a kidney transplant just over 3 years ago. In the first 6 months, I gain approximately 60 lbs. I have stayed at this weight since. I am now having problems with my feet and joints due to carrying around this extra weight.I have tried through diet and exercies to lose this excess weight. I can drop about 10 lbs. but no more. Two questions: 1) Are male recipients less likely to gain weight post-transplant? and 2) What is the best way to lose excess weight without jeapordizing your transplant?
MrsCora01 responded:
Losing weight is hard even at the best of time. I was in the same boat as you. I gained about 50 pounds after my new kidney. In part, I had a nacho addiction post transplant. It was the trifecta of all things I couldn't eat while on dialysis. LOL.

Anyway, I did start to lose weight, but it was very slow. I found that my new kidney didn't like the pressure of too much protein, so the low carb diets that are so often effective were not available to me. I did up my exercise and cut back slightly on calories. I was also very careful about what I drank (switched to non-caffeinated beverages - basically just water with a small amount of juice for flavor). it was slow going, but I did lose weight.

Talk to a dietitian at your center and see what they suggest.

Best of luck to you.

John-SKPT responded:
I've not looked up national averages for male versus female transplant patients. Some men gain, some do not gain much.

I suspect that women have a greater problem with weight for at least to reasons: (1) females naturally have a greater proportion of fat-to-lean than males. And (2) our culture tends to put more emphasis on the physical appearance of women. The second reason is sad and unfair, but it is still true.

Prednisone is often at least partly to blame, but in the last 5 or 6 years, more patients are being totally removed from prednisone early, or are never starting it at all.

I don't really know what sort of exercise suits you. But cooking for yourself helps any diet. I've made it a point to cut out ALL processed foods, and limit fast food only to those times when I am away from home for a day or two and have no choice.

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