Recently Medscape.com reported that research confirmed the fact that, "Sleep disorders, particularly insomnia and sleep-disordered breathing (SDB), are common in patients with Chronic Kidney Disease." If you are a Chronic Kidney Disease patient, this likely comes as no surprise as you know firsthand how difficult it is to get a good night's rest, right?
Still this is not a problem to take lightly as sleep loss has been closely tied with Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, Obesity, causing or worsening of Diabetes, severe headaches, chronic pain, depression, and even early death in some patients according to the University of Warwick. While the solutions to correct sleep disorders in Chronic Kidney Disease patients are less than obvious, your diet may offer some relief.
EGGS: Jihan Thompson of The Oprah Magazine noted that eggs play a key role in regulating and assisting your nighttime sleep as well as "daytime wakefulness." DaVita Healthcare Partners Inc. recommended that Chronic Kidney Disease patients enjoy 2 powdered, fresh or pasteurized egg whites (7 grams protein, 110 mg sodium, 108 mg potassium, and 10 mg phosphorus) because they have less phosphorus than other protein sources such as egg yolk or meats.
Try eggs in an omelet or egg white sandwich, add pasteurized egg whites to smoothies or shakes, make deviled egg snacks, or add whites of hard-boiled eggs to tuna salad or garden salad for extra protein.
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JASMINE RICE: The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that individuals who ate Jasmine Rice in their meals fell asleep "significantly faster at bedtime." How does that sound? Jasmine Rice is considered a High Glycemic Index food which is better for Diabetics and Chronic Kidney Disease patients than Lower Glycemic Index alternative carbohydrates.
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CHERRY JUICE: DaVita has noted research highlighting the fact that cherries have been shown to cut swelling and protect against heart complications in Chronic Kidney Disease patients who consume them daily. One 1/2 cup serving of fresh sweet cherries include 0 mg sodium, 160 mg potassium, and 15 mg phosphorus. Researchers from Louisiana State University found that drinking Montmorency tart cherry juice twice a day also improved sleep among patients by approximately 90 minutes each night.
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Yes, these slight changes to your diet could have a drastic impact on the lives of those with Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetes. Do not forget to Like KidneyBuzz.com on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter, and most importantly visit the KidneyBuzz.com website daily for the most Breaking News & Information about how Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetics can better manage their lives.
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