What to eat before and during the dialysis

Snacks and dietetic food

A light meal is recommended before your dialysis. At the beginning of the session you can have a snack, as previously prepared by the nutritionist.

You are allowed to bring your own snacks. Usually limited food (banana, grapes, chocolate, etc.) may be ingested during the first hour of your treatment. However, eating during dialysis increases the risk of hypotension, especially in elderly and diabetic patients.

Be careful and get advice from the nurse.


Maintaining good nutritional health improves your tolerance of cancer treatments as well as your quality of life. Taking charge of your nutrition is part and parcel of your cancer care.

While chemotherapy may alter your sense of taste and lessen your enjoyment of your food, it is at this time that your body has a particular need of energy and of protein to keep your weight steady, preserve your muscles and fight infection. So indulge your fancies and eat what you like.

However, you should keep to the most varied diet you can, to provide you with

Bottle feeding

L’alimentation au biberonFor personal or medical reasons, you have decided not to breastfeed or to stop breastfeeding.

In the absence of stimulation, the amount of milk you produce will diminish. However, if lactation does not stop on its own, or if your breasts are sore, talk to the maternity team or your midwife.

Youth Health


Mission of the Youth Health Unit

The Youth Health Unit has chosen to develop services that are appropriate for adolescents, using the criteria set out by the World Health Organization (Adolescent Friendly Health Services - An Agenda for Change.- WHO, 2003)

Its primary mission is to promote access to care for young people, particularly those who have difficulty navigating the healthcare system or who have difficulty finding a regular doctor. Care can be organized jointly with doctors in the community. The unit is for adolescents 12 years of age and older, and young adults up to the age of 25.

The Youth Health Unit's team is multidisciplinary. It includes primary care physicians, nurses, gynecologists and psychiatrists, all having had specific training in working with adolescents.

Because the physical and psychological upheavals of adolescence are closely linked, two psychiatrists are an integral part of the team, and offer close supervision for physicians, and provide opinions or specialist support.

The consultation area is low key.. Wait times to get an appointment are short.  Consultation conditions are appropriate: consultations times are adjusted, families can be seen, easy access to specialist opinion, gynecology consultations are adapted.

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Diététicien aux HUG, Olivier F. est un passionné qui noue des relations fortes avec ses patients pour connaître leur rapport à la nourriture. Essentielle, l’alimentation est un facteur d’équilibre qui nous concerne tous, quelle que soit notre vie.