Diabetic Nephropathy Diet

The same as other patients, people with Diabetic Nephropathy also have a special diet. Brown rice is included in that special diet as it is really good for Diabetic Nephropathy patients. Here are several reasons why your doctor or dietitian

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Is Brown Rice Good for Diabetic Nephropathy

2014-05-28 06:06

Is Brown Rice Good for Diabetic NephropathyThe same as other patients, people with Diabetic Nephropathy also have a special diet. Brown rice is included in that special diet as it is really good for Diabetic Nephropathy patients. Here are several reasons why your doctor or dietitian recommends brown rice.

Brown rice is often compared with white rice.

Different nutritions between brown rice and white rice

Brown rice is the “unrefined” version of white rice. Brown rice, unlike white rice, still has the side hull and bran, which can provide proteins, thiamine, calcium, magnesium, and fiber. For those trying to lose weight or those suffering from Diabetic Nephropathy, brown rice is proved to be a healthful staple.

White rice is usually full of unnatural fortifications and additives in the form of synthetic vitamins and iron.

Four reasons why brown rice is OK for Diabetic Nephropathy patients

1. Protein

Some kidney patients are on low-protein diets to prolong the life of their kidneys. Patients on low-protein diets usually eat 0.8g/kg of protein every day. One cup of cooked brown rice has 5g of protein. This food fits easily into a low-protein diet.

2. Potassium

High levels of serum potassium can be a life-threatening for patients with advanced disease because they cause irregular heart beats and heart attacks. At this time, nephrologists often recommend a low-potassium diet. One cup of cooked brown rice has 84mg of potassium, which is an acceptable amount of potassium for most renal diets. Many patients eat brown rice frequently because other carbohydrates such as potatoes have prohibitively high levels of potassium.

3. Carbohydrate

Carbohydrate foods, which produce low glycemic responses, have been shown to be beneficial in the dietary management. Brown rice has a lower glycemic index, and is digested more slowly, causing a lower and gentler change in blood sugar.

4. Rich in anti-oxidants

We usually associate anti-oxidant rich foods with blueberries, strawberries and other fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants neutralize harmful molecules in your body called free radicals, the normal but harmful byproducts created when your body produces energy, fights infection or is exposed to toxins.

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