Assessment of Nutritional Status and Metabolic Syndrome in Peritoneal Dialysis Patients: A Pilot Study

Nilüfer Acar Tek, Nevin Şanlıer, Gamze Akbulut, Kürşad Öneç, Yasemin Erten


Aim:Nutritional deficiencies and metabolic syndrome (MS) is challenge in chronic kidney disease patients with peritoneal dialysis(PD). This study was planned in order to assess the nutritional status and metabolic syndrome in PD patients.

Methods:This study was performed on clinically stable patients that were undergoing PD therapy. Energy and nutrient intakes were determined with consequently three days dietary record.  The statement of MS was identified according to MS criteria adopted for PD patients.

Results:The prevalence of MS was found 64.3%. The mean duration of PD in with-MS(35.4±25.23mo.) was lower than without-MS(44.3±30.99mo.) (p>0.05). Patients with MS had significantly greater systolic/diastolic blood pressure and lower high-density-lypoprotein cholesterol levels (HDL-C) (p<0.05). According to the body mass index (BMI), the 83.3% of patients’ with-MS and 30% without-MS were found overweight and body fat mass was significant higher in patients with-MS(p<0.05). The mean daily protein intakes per kilograms of body weight determined lower with-MS patients (0.8±0.25g/kg) than without-MS (0.9±0.29 g/kg).

Conclusion: The prevalence of MS is remarkably high. The daily dietary energy and protein intakes were found under the recommended levels. Inadequate energy and protein intake increase loss of muscle mass and also excessive energy intake leads to obesity. Monitoring of nutritional status of PD patients is important both in prevention and progression of MS. 


Peritoneal dialysis, food consumption, metabolic syndrome, body composition, nutritional status.


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