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Kidney Disease and Banana

2012-10-05 11:56

kidney disease,bananaSome patients with kidney disease are suggested to limit bananas by their GPs. Read on and find whether banana is bad for your kidneys.


Kidneys are responsible for removing excess potassium from the blood. Potassium, sodium, calcium, phosphorus and other minerals are critical for the proper function of your kidneys and their ability to keep the water balance of your blood, as well as their ability to remove toxins.

If you have kidney problems and you eat too much of any of these substances, you can cause permanent damage to your body. Diseased kidneys will not be able to do that well, which results in too much potassium in the blood. Our hearts are regulated by potassium, along with other things.


Your physician may tell you to cut back on bananas and chocolate, because they contain high levels of the nutrient potassium. A high level of potassium in the blood can lead to heart rhythm problems, and if left untreated can even lead to death.

Failing kidneys have a hard time handling with protein, sodium, potassium, and phosphorus. She's probably fine (ask your doctor) but her dad is not a candidate for higher levels of potassium.

Potassium is not usually restricted until urine output begins to decrease. Sometimes people with diabetes may need to have potassium limited.

Other Foods high in potassium are:

Oranges, Orange Juice, Milk, Prunes, Prune Juice, Tomato Juice, Tomato Sauce, Nuts, Chocolate, Dried Peas and Beans.

In summary, banana is not bad for your kidneys. But when your kidney is diseased, bananas will make it stressed and tired. Thereby, kidney disease patients are not suggested to take too much bananas.

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