Within the Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetes communities, there is no shortage of health advice, as you know. Separating the good advice from that which is harmful and outright dangerous is a real challenge for Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic patients.
It is critically important to decipher fact from fiction. Many nutrition myths get repeated over and over until they are mistaken for truth. Here is the good news: In this article we dispel some of the most common myths which have proven to be the most harmful for those with Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetes.
Myth: You can get the flu from the flu vaccine.
Fact: This myth is important to bust, because those who have Chronic Kidney Disease, Diabetes, and especially those on Dialysis often have weak immune systems which increase their risk of catching the flu. Yet, many avoid the shot due to the fact that they believe it may cause them to get the flu. What is the truth? Well the myth endures partially because of the timing factor. It takes a week or two for the full effect of the vaccine to kick in, so if you were unlucky enough to be exposed to the flu right before or after you got the vaccine, you’re probably still going to get sick. But James J. Turro, MD, FACP, an internal medicine physician at the Mount Kisco Medical Group, says that it’s normal to feel a little bit sick in the day or two after your shot.
The vaccine “tricks” your body into making antibodies against the flu, and that response can make you feel achy and slightly feverish. However, it is typically advised to take the flu shot unless your Primary Physician suggests otherwise.
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Myth: Sweating helps detoxify your body.
Fact: Sweating isn’t a sign that your body is detoxing; it’s just a sign that you’re regulating your body temperature. Those with water restrictions should know that anything you sweat is water weight that they lose but, it can be put right back on as soon as you drink a glass of water. Be sure to maintain your recommended diet, whether Renal (Kidney) or Diabetic, and attend your necessary treatments in order to properly detoxify your body, and do not ever rely on "tricks" such as sweating.
Myth: Only people with fair skin need to use sunscreen.
Fact: *BEEP* WRONG! Just because you tan easily and hardly ever burn doesn’t mean it’s okay to bask in the sun without sunscreen. “While it’s certainly true that people with lighter complexions will get more sun damage with less exposure, that doesn’t mean that slightly darker-skinned people aren’t doing harm to their skin,” said Dr. David Bank (dermatologist at The Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery). If you tan often or live long enough, you’re still increasing your risk of skin cancer. This is especially important for Chronic Kidney Disease patients who are experiencing a spike in the rate of cancer in their community as well as those who have received a Kidney Transplant because they are at an increased risk of skin cancer.
Myth: A heart attack feels like an elephant sitting on your chest.
Fact: Cardiovascular events including heart attacks are the leading cause of death in Chronic Kidney Disease patients as well as a major contributor in those with Diabetes. Hence, Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetics should be aware of what a heart attack feels like and what it doesn't. While it’s true that the classic heart attack symptom is intense pressure on your chest, it’s not the only symptom. You may feel like you have an upset stomach, or you may have pain in your abdomen, shoulder, neck, or jaw. If you feel any of these sharp symptoms go to the nearest emergency room immediately.
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Myth: Eggs are unhealthy.
Fact: New research reveals that eggs aren't as high in dietary cholesterol as we’d previously thought. In fact for Chronic Kidney Disease in late stages (4 or 5) as well as many Diabetics, protein is vital to improve their health and healing abilities. What's more, researchers now believe that a diet high in saturated fat is much more likely to raise your cholesterol levels than eating eggs and other foods that contain cholesterol. If you are at a high risk of Heart Disease such as Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic patients, the American Heart Association guidelines suggest that you limit your dietary cholesterol under 200 mg.
Myth: Dental fillings that contain mercury are dangerous.
Fact: Probably not. These dental fillings contain a mix of mercury, silver, tin, and other metals; they release tiny amounts of mercury vapor when they are placed in or removed from teeth, as well as when a person chews. Some consumer groups claim this vapor could trigger health problems, including Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis, and other chronic illnesses, particularly in children, although virtually every major US health organization has declared these fillings safe. Hence, if you are a Diabetic or Chronic Kidney Disease patient with oral health complications, you should not hesitate in going to the dentist and getting a filling if necessary.
Myth: Cracking your knuckles can cause arthritis.
Fact: Nope. If you're suffering from osteoarthritis in your hands, it certainly has nothing to do with this nervous tic. One study at the former Mount Carmel Mercy Hospital in Detroit compared 74 people (age 45 and older) who had been chronic knuckle crackers for decades with 226 who always left their hands alone; researchers found no difference in the incidence of osteoarthritis between the two groups.
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