Are You Drinking What Is Best For You? Most Chronic Kidney Disease And Diabetic Patients May Not Be

Do you drink juice? Typically people view juice as healthy, and correctly as long as you remain within your fluid limit, juice can be good for those with Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetes. The question is simply, "Are you drinking the right kind of juice?"  

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Doctors will often advise that their Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic patients avoid drinking pre-made sugary drinks, including fruit juice. These types of drinks are "as bad as coke," experts warn. In recent years, however, fruit juice manufacturers have responded to that criticism by producing Reduced-Sugar juices that make matters a bit more confusing for the average consumer. 

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Similarly, most Hemodialysis patients are warned that drinking the wrong types of juice can lead to  Hyperkalemia (high potassium) and cause side effects such as: Nausea, weakness, numbness or tingling, slow pulse, irregular heartbeat, heart failure, and sudden death. On the other hand Hypokalemia (low potassium) is not much better, causing muscle weakness, cramping, fatigue, confusion, problems with muscle coordination, irregular heartbeat, and in serious cases heart failure. While you want to avoid dangerously high potassium (5.1 mEq/L or more) as well as terribly low potassium (less than 3.5 mEq/L), drinking juice can assist in maintaining your potassium levels within a safe range (3.5 - 5.0 mEq/L) as well as build your immune system and heart health. 

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Talk to your Dietitian about which fruits and fruit drinks are low in sugar and potassium and are safe to add to your recommended diet plan. Here are a few general "Rules-Of-Thumb" you may be unaware of: Drink apple, cranberry or grape juice, instead of orange juice or prune juice which is higher in potassium. Also, limit your potassium by drinking ice water with sliced lemon and cucumber, instead of drinking vegetable juice.

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In terms of sugar, there are many reduced-sugar or no-sugar-added juice on the market today, such as strawberry and apple drinks. Whenever possible, always choose unsweetened fruit juice and be sure that you can drink them given your carbohydrate and/or renal diet limitations.

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Although purchasing a Juicer allows you to have total control over the ingredients in your juice drinks, you have to account for the drink in your daily recommended fluid intake. Right now head over to the KidneyBuzz.com Facebook Fan Page, "Like" it, and tell us your favorite kind of juice to drink.

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References: 

"Juices That Are Good for Type 2 Diabetics." LIVESTRONG.com LIVESTRONG.

Bacon, Debra. "What Juices Can a Diabetic Drink?" EHow. Demand Media.

"Potassium and Chronic Kidney Disease." Http://www.davita.com/. DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc.

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