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Can Oranges Be Eaten By People with ESRD

2012-10-07 09:08

oranges+ESRDOranges are commonly eaten by most of us. Not just because it is commonly seen in our daily lives, but due to its tasty. However, a bunch of patients with ESRD (End-stage Renal Disease) wonder whether they could consume oranges or not. Read on to find out your answers.

Oranges have sweet and sour flavor, and are good at quenching one's thirst, moistening lung, stimulating one's appetite and regulating vital energy. Meanwhile, this fruit is rich in nutrition, say, vitamin C. Since it is so beneficial, can patients with ESRD eat or not?

The answer is negative. Why? This is because diet of patients with renal failure is strictly limited aiming at do not pose extra pressure on the kidneys. Oranges, for such cases, contain high level of potassium. Potassium, though, is indispensable for human body, however, when potassium is too high, problems would occur. Bradycardia, ventricular fibrillation or even cardiac arrest may attack which would become life-threatening. This applies for not just those with failed kidneys but people who are healthy.

As for ESRD patients, their kidneys fail result in declined glomerular filtration rate and decreased function of renal tubulus. Hence their ability of potassium secretion is also bad. If they consume high potassium food or diet, bradyarrhythmia forms pretty easily. Oranges happen to be high potassium food, which explains why they should be stayed away from.

All in all, End-stage Renal Disease patients are allowed to consume this fruit, but should be strictly limited its amount.

Here’s a list of common foods high in kalium, hope it can help:

Fruits—avocados, apricots, mangos, strawberries, banana, dates, figs, kiwi, cantaloupe, orange, raisins, watermelon, bell pepper, pears, prune etc

Fish and meat—mollusk, cod, halibut, trout, salmon, tuna, halibut, beef, chicken, milk, yogurt, veal, Pollock, lamb, turkey and so on

Vegetables—potatoes, tomatoes, spinach, iceberg lettuce, cucumber, cabbage, cauliflower, chard, eggplant, crimini mushrooms, Brussels sprouts, parsley, broccoli etc

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