Doing your best to avoid unwanted sugar is always a good idea. Increasing numbers of patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) are becoming "morbidly obese," which means they weigh over 100 pounds more than their ideal body weight or they have a body mass index above 35, reports the University of California San Francisco. This causes many potential transplant candidates to be at greater risk of complications during and after surgery. However, more often obesity serves as a reason for surgeons to decide that you are not the best candidate for a Kidney Transplant. Also being overweight and especially obese can put CKD patients at heightened risk of developing Type II Diabetes, the "deadliest threat" for people with CKD.
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According to a 2013 study, the 10 year mortality rates for people with both Type II Diabetes and CKD is more than 31% which is much higher than those who have CKD without Diabetes. Although many people with CKD who are overweight try to shed their excess pounds it is increasingly difficult because sugar is an ingredient that just shows up unexpectedly. People with CKD would be shocked to know the number of foods that have high levels of hidden sugar.
Sugar is an unexpected ingredient in an All Natural 100% fruit juice. In fact the highly recommended drink for CKD patients, Cranberry Juice is high in sugar. While Cranberry Juice has many health benefits for those with CKD, there are 35 grams of sugar in an 8 ounce glass of 100% Cranberry Juice. A 12 ounce soft drink has the same gram count of sugar. An alternative is Cranberry Pills which provide all the great benefits CKD patients would expect from Cranberry Juice itself.
Sports Drinks are another product many do not know are high in sugar. Although they are great after a workout to replace electrolytes and minerals, checking ingredient labels shows that while a 12 ounce soft drink has 35 grams of sugar, a 20 ounce sports drink also has 35 grams per 12 ounces.
Most tomato products are high in sugar content. Ketchup is a food that few people with CKD realize has a large amount of sugar in it. Processed products such as ketchup or barbecue sauce have a high acid content so sugar is added to "take the edge out" of the highly acidic taste which together enhances flavor. In other cases sugar is added to products simply as a sweetener for taste. Check the label for pasta sauce and other processed goods.
While honey is a known natural sweetener, it is surprising to hear just how high in sugar it is. There are 17 grams of sugar in one tablespoon of honey. This could mean that honey may not be the perfect sugar substitute that it once was thought to be. Still hot tea, lemon and honey can greatly help ease the effects of a cold in CKD patients.
Sugar is one of the most processed substances in foods today. Hence you will likely never know every time it will land on your table. The best way for people with CKD to protect themselves from overconsumption of sugar which can cause weight gain and elevated risk of Type II Diabetes is to read the labels of your purchased goods, stick to your renal diet and eat in moderation. KidneyBuzz.com encourages you to talk with your Dietician to ensure that you are on the best diet to increase your chances of receiving a Kidney Transplant and decrease your risk of Diabetes.
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