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Can Patients with CKD Eat Banana

2012-09-20 11:41

Can Patients with CKD Eat BananaKidneys play a vital role in our body. They filter wastes and extra fluids from body and balance the levels of minerals. As the wastes and fluids are mainly from what you eat, it is very important for you to adjust your daily diet after you are diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Can patients with CKD eat banana?

Banana is high in potassium. In the early stages of CKD, you do not need to limit its intake. However, as your kidney damage progresses, excess potassium may build up in the blood. High potassium can affect the cardiac muscle, thus resulting in irregular heart beat and even heart failure. If your potassium level exceeds 5 mmol/L, you will need to limit the intake of foods high in potassium. Apart from banana, these foods are also high in potassium: cantaloupe, kiwi, prunes, oranges, raisins, winter squash, avocado, green, cooked broccoli, chard, potatoes, spinach, legumes sweet potatoes, vegetable juice and tomato products. It is a wise choice for the patients with CKD to choose fruits and vegetables low in potassium such as apples, grape, mangoes, pears, peaches, pineapple, cabbage, carrots, celery, onions, corn.

Therefore, whether you can eat banana relies on your blood potassium level on your medical report.

Meanwhile, the patients with CKD should also limit the consumption of foods high in sodium, protein and phosphorus. Eating less protein reduces the workload of the kidneys, while eating less sodium, phosphorus and potassium prevents these substances from accumulating in the blood stream. Reducing fluid intake can reduce blood pressure and prevent swelling.

Therefore, the above diet can reduce the workload to kidneys so they do not have to work as hard to maintain normal fluid and electrolyte balances. These things can make it easier for the kidneys to remove wastes from body.

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