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Can I Drink Coffee even I Am on Dialysis


2013-02-28 11:40

Can I Drink Coffee even I Am on DialysisCoffee can help us drive drowsiness and make use fresh. It is a favorable drink for many people, especially in the western countries. For coffee lovers, restraining them drinking coffee may be a big punishment to them. Some patients on Dialysis may concern this question: can I drink coffee even I am on dialysis?

Coffee has many benefits to human body. Firstly, it contains certain nutrients which are good to skin. Secondly, coffee consumptions is correlated to a reduced risk of cancer, such as oral, esophageal and pharyngeal cancer. Thirdly, some compounds in coffee have antioxidative effect and potentially reduce oxidative cell damage. Just name a few benefits here.

However, coffee is not a option for patients on dialysis. The main ingredients in coffee are caffeine and it also contains fat, protein, carbohydrate, potassium and salt. Coffee can exacerbate renal failure and increase the risks of dialysis caused by increases in cholesterol levels and proteinuria, or excess amounts of protein in urine. Also, 8 oz of coffee has 115 mg potassium. High potassium level in blood can increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases which is a significant death cause of people on dialysis.

It is a wise choice for people on dialysis to quit drinking coffee. At the same time, the patients need to adjust how much water they take each day. As dialysis is not done continuously in 24 hours, high intake of fluid can cause strain on kidneys.

The patients on dialysis should monitor fluid intake carefully. Foods high in water should be also considered in the daily fluid intake.


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