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Can People with Chronic Kidney Disease Eat Watermelon

2013-01-20 16:55

Can People with Chronic Kidney Disease Eat WatermelonWatermelon, also called “king of the melons”, contains a lot of nutrition. To ordinary people, watermelon can help cleanse the kidneys, because it provides 92% water by weight. However, the situation becomes different for people with kidney disease. Can people with Chronic Kidney Disease eat watermelon? More than one people have already asked me this question. Here, this article will give you a detailed answer.

According to the dietitian, a watermelon contains about 6% sugar, 2% phosphorus and potassium, and 92% water by weight. As with many other fruits, it is a source of vitamin C. To some extent, it is mildly diuretic. Its nutrition determines the following content.

Can people with Chronic Kidney Disease eat watermelon?

Once the kidneys lose large part of their function, too much water will increase the workload on the kidney. The reason is that our kidneys are responsible to filter the excess water, while the impaired kidney will cause fluid retention. Since watermelon contains a lot of water, it will increase the kidneys’ burden when people have Chronic Kidney Disease especially the advanced stage.

What’s more, people with Chronic Kidney Disease are usually recommended for low-phosphorus and low-potassium diet. Our kidneys keep serum potassium level between 3.5 and 5.0mEq/L. This narrow range is essential, because potassium is used to conducting nerve impulses. If the level gets too high, nerves will be abnormal and cause many severe complications. To healthy people, the kidneys can make high potassium level drop, while the impaired kidney can’t adjust the potassium level successfully. In view of this, people with Chronic Kidney Disease had better control the intake of watermelon.

Watermelon is a good taste fruit and loved by many people, but people with Chronic Kidney Disease especially advanced stage kidney disease have to quit this favor. Any follow-up questions about “can people with Chronic Kidney Disease eat watermelon” can be asked for free, through filling the form below or consulting online.

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