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Malnutrition is common in dialysis patients and seriously affects the quality of their lives. About 12%-14% of them have such problem. Therefore, more and more dialysis people start to seek a healthy diet. Then, someone asks me whether he c

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Can Dialysis Patient Eat Pumpkin

2014-06-19 01:07

Can Dialysis Patient Eat PumpkinMalnutrition is common in dialysis patients and seriously affects the quality of their lives. About 12%-14% of them have such problem. Therefore, more and more dialysis people start to seek a healthy diet. Then, someone asks me whether he can eat pumpkin. This article is to tell you whether dialysis patient can eat pumpkin or not.

Who cannot eat pumpkin?

Pumpkin contains many nutritions such as starch, protein, carotene, vitamin B, vitamin C, calcium, potassium, and phosphorus, etc. However, pumpkin is also rich in potassium and phosphorous, the intake of which should be taken consideration by dialysis patients. Due to damaged kidney function, the electrolyte balance is broken and the levels of potassium and phosphorous are abnormal, which can cause many complications such as itchy skin, numbness, vomiting and abnormal heart rhythm. You’d better to have a test to check the potassium and phosphorous level and your doctor will make you a reasonable diet plan.

What are the advantages of pumpkin?

- Polysaccharides: It is a nonspecific immune enhancer, and it can stimulate the formation of cytokines and regular the immune system by activating the compliments. Therefore, dialysis patients will have a strong immunity and can be protected from being catching a cold or infection.

- Carotenoid: Carotenoid can be transformed into vitamin A that is related to the growth and differentiation of epithelial tissue. Carotenoid is beneficial for the development of vision and bones.

- Mineral elements: Pumpkin is high in calcium but low in sodium, and thus is a good choice for patients who have high blood pressure.

- Amino acids: Pumpkins contain many essential amino acids and high levels of immunoglobulins, which are essential for the repairing of cells.

To sum up, whether dialysis patients can eat pumpkin depends on their own condition. Any questions, you can talk with our experts online.

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