Truth Disclosure: Can Oranges Be Eaten By Chronic Kidney Disease Patients
Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease might ask why the doctor doesn’t recommend them to consume oranges. They might say oranges or orange juice is pretty delicious and it’s so hard to quit them. So is it true for those patients to stay away from the fruit?
Firstly, let’s explain why the doctor doesn’t encourage Chronic Kidney Disease patients to consume oranges.
Oranges contain various nutritions, including carbohydrates, dietary fiber, protein, vitamin A, B6, C and E etc. It is a good source of vitamins just like any other citrus fruits. This fruit however is rich in potassium, about 181 mg (4%). For healthy people, consuming oranges is not that big a deal, but for those with serious Chronic Kidney Disease, they should better stay away from the fruit.
Even so, certain lines should be crossed. The normal value of potassium in the body is 3.5-5.5 mmol/L. Too low or too high than the normal value can’t be a good thing. Damages of low potassium include:
Enhanced myocardial excitability and arrhythmia become the result of low potassium. Premature atrial contraction or ventricular fibrillation also develops consequently. Other symptoms include impotence, flaccid paralysis, vomiting, nausea, abdominal distension, dysphoria, dull appearance or drowsiness etc.
Reduced myocardial excitability is the result of hyperkalemia. Muscle weakness, numbness or cardiac arrest etc.
If one has kidney problem, simply restricting the consumption of oranges is not right. Someone, though, has Chronic Kidney Disease can still eat the fruit but others can’t. How to tell the difference? Ask the patients to check of serum electrolyte levels in order to see whether potassium level is high or normal. If one has CKD but with normal potassium level, then oranges can be consumed but try not to eat too much at a time; if the patient’s kalium level exceeds norm, then he or she definitely shouldn’t eat any oranges no matter what. Please try to remember that just for your own sake.
Therefore, I can tell you one thing that without knowing lab report of kalium levels, even the doctor should not give patients with Chronic Kidney Disease any suggestion. Otherwise, it can be regarded as uncommitted.