Sodas And Drinks That Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic Patients Can Enjoy Or Should Avoid

As a Chronic Kidney Disease patient or one with Diabetes you know that what you intake is critically important to your health outcomes. For that reason there are several charts and lists which you can refer to in order to have a clear idea of what to consume and what is not as healthy for you, right? However, in terms of what you wash your meal down with, there is less information readily available describing what exactly you should drink or avoid. 

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One viewer wrote, "Hi, um can I ask, is Pepsi Max good for a Dialysis patient with Diabetes???" Most Diabetic and Kidney Disease patients know from experience to try and avoid alcohol, milk, juice from concentrate, grapefruit juice, soda, and more. It may eventually seem like all you can drink is water, and if you are on Dialysis even that has to be limited. This could become boring, unsatisfying and may cause frustrated patients to take unnecessary risks with drinks that should remain off-limits.   

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Here is what YOU should know if you're a Chronic Kidney Disease patient: 

  • You may be able to drink light colored sodas like Sprite or 7 Up, but not the dark ones such as Coca Cola or Pepsi . 
  • Due to high citrus concentration, you should not drink orange juice, but other juices like apple or cranberry juice should be okay. 
  • You can drink ice tea (not bottled) and coffee, but not milk because it is high in phosphorus.
  • All energy drinks (ie. Redbull) and sports drinks (ie. Gatorade) should be avoided due to their added vitamins, minerals, and herbs. Especially in the case of those on Dialysis because they can build up in the blood and cause additional complications.

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Diabetics should avoid sugary drinks like regular soda, fruit punch, fruit drinks, energy drinks, and sweet tea because they will raise blood glucose levels. For instance, just one 12-ounce can of regular soda has about 150 calories and 40 grams of carbohydrates. This is the same amount of carbohydrates found in 10 teaspoons of sugar! Talk about a "Sugar-Rush," huh?  Instead, choose zero-calorie or very low-calorie drinks such as unsweetened teas, coffee, and diet soda (infrequently). 

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Both Chronic Kidney Disease patients and Diabetics can enjoy flavoring their water with a touch of squeezed lemon or lime juice for a light, refreshing drink as well as other low phosphorus, carbohydrate and calorie drinks or drink mixes. In general, run this list by your Dietitian to confirm that it is applicable to YOUR unique circumstances. 

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Always ask for the specific daily fluid intake you are recommended to have, and list it in your "Fight Kidney Disease and Diabetes, Managing Your Numbers - Fluid Chart." You don't have a copy? Go ahead and get yours by clicking on this link ( You can visit every day for Fresh Breaking News & Information related to Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetes.

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