In some rare cases health information and recommendations are black and white for Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) patients. More often than not, however, there is a gray area where information may get confused and misinterpreted. After communicating with friends on Facebook and reading emails and inquires from our viewers, KidneyBuzz.com has identified three basic health "facts" that most CKD patients have completely wrong which could complicate their health outcomes. Brace yourself, the truth may be shocking.
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Lack of exercise is known to further the risk of heart disease and diabetes because of an increase in blood pressure and cholesterol. However, for many with CKD who suffer chronic pain, anemia and more, exercise is a genuine problem and an strenuous workout such as running is seemingly impossible. Due to the fact that they do not believe walking is that helpful, many CKD patients go with very little or no exercise. Yet, the journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology found that walking at a moderate pace and running produced similar health benefits. According to Business Insider, other studies have shown that "how long you exercise — and thus how many calories you burn — is more important than how hard you exercise."
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Although egg yolks contain dietary cholesterol, research has now proven that they have almost nothing to do with serum cholesterol which ultimately contributes to high cholesterol. Wake Forest University researchers found no link between egg consumption and heart disease. Also, Yahoo Health reports that another study found that eating eggs for breakfast could in fact decrease your calorie intake for the remainder of the day and indirectly benefit cholesterol.
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Vitamin C deficiency is very common in CKD patients partly due to restricted intake of common vitamin C-rich foods such as Oranges because of high potassium levels. This may have negative consequences as a study by the Renal Research Institute found an association with gum disease and dialysis related anemia. What's more, vitamin C has several well-established roles including serving as an immune system booster. While high potassium Oranges are the most famous source of Vitamin-C, there are better alternatives for CKD patients that offer just as much nutrients for even less calories. Other sources of Vitamin-C include Brussels sprouts , strawberries, broccoli and red bell peppers.
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Nothing changes faster than science which alters the understanding of what are "good and bad" health practices. Hence, CKD patients should always discuss any changes to their healthcare plan with their Nephrologists and Dietitians before making them to ensure that they are the best for their unique circumstances.
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David Zinczenko with Matt Goulding. "15 Biggest Nutrition Myths." Http://health.yahoo.net/. Yahoo Health.
SPECTOR, DINA. "The Definitive Answer To 20 Of Your Biggest Health Questions."Http://www.businessinsider.com/. Business Insider.
Paul T. Williams, Paul D. Thompson. "Walking Versus Running for Hypertension, Cholesterol, and Diabetes Mellitus Risk Reduction." Http://atvb.ahajournals.org/. Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology.