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Is Watermelon Good to People with Lupus Kidney Disease


2014-03-12 02:32

Is Watermelon Good to People with Lupus Kidney Disease  Kidneys are a pair of filtering organs in body. They can help eliminate metabolic products from what we eat and drink. When kidneys fail to function properly, the patients will have many dietary restrictions to reduce the production of metabolites. Is watermelon good to people with lupus kidney disease?

Watermelon has a high nutritional value for the general population. It is rich in carotenoids. Cartotenoids have antioxidant activity, free-radical scavenging property. Watermelon seeds are excellent sources of protein and oil. The seeds are about 35% protein, 50% oil and 5% dietary fiber. For so many nutritional values, it is an ideal fruit option for the general population.

Is watermelon good to people with lupus kidney disease?

In the early stage, if the kidneys can still function normally, no dietary restriction is required. However, if the kidneys become impaired severely, it is a wise choice to cut off watermelon from the diet.

Kidneys can remove a large amount of fluid from body to keep a standard blood volume and blood pressure. In lupus kidney disease, if the kidneys fail to function properly, high levels of fluid will build up in body. As watermelon provides 92% water by weight, the patients should quit eating it with kidney damage.

Additionally, a low-phosphorus and low-potassium diet is required in lupus kidney disease. In right condition, the kidneys can keep the potassium level between 3.5 and 5.0mEq/L. If the level of potassium in blood is too high, it will cause muscle fatigue and even heart failure. As the potassium content in watermelon is high, the patients should cut off the fruit from their diet.

A restricted diet is quite necessary for managing lupus kidney disease. If you want to get to more dietary suggestions, you can email to kidneyabc@hotmail.com now! We will give you a reply soon.


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