Fast Food and Signs of Kidney Problems

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Fast Food and Signs of Kidney Problems

 

Fast Food and Kidney DiseaseFast Food and Signs of Kidney Problems is becoming a problem for many people.

Eating fast food is not a good idea, especially if you have kidney problems. However, there are some instances when you could hardly keep yourself from eating those too-tempting-innocent-looking-yet-truly-harmful foods. So, what’s a kidney patient to do?  Do you really need to stop eating fast food in order to avoid complications? Can fast food really harm your already-diseased kidneys?
Year 2011: Fast food chain giants such as Mc Donald’s and Burger King announced that they are going to make their foods healthier. However, as reported by a study published by JAMA Internal Medicine, the healthfulness of food products served by fast-food chains has not changed since 2005. Here are the top three reasons why you should never eat in fast food chains especially if you are having kidney problems:
Fast foods are loaded with sodium
Sodium – that is the salt in your food – overloads your kidney and it can further compromise the health of this pair of organs. Fast foods are loaded with sodium. In fact, 80 percent of the sodium consumed by the American people come from foods served from these food chains, says the said study published by JAMA Internal Medicine.
Fast foods contain too much phosphate
Before you drink that can of soda and take a bite on that delicious burger, listen to this: Having a high level of phosphate in the blood is an important determinant of possible mortality and morbidity in patients having chronic kidney disease. Fast food chains serve processed foods and drinks that contain tons and tons of phosphate, which can surely further damage your kidney functions, states a study published November 2013 by PLos One. Kidney diseases cause decrease phosphate excretion in the urine thereby causing phosphate retention within the blood.  Too much phosphate within the body results in excessive cellular and tissue damage which could greatly worsen the condition of patients who have kidney problems.
Fast food causes kidney stones
Adding more insult to an already diseased kidney is definitely a no-no – and that is what you are exactly doing when you eat fast food. Your body needs some protein, a little calcium and some phosphorus to function normally. However, too much of these can trigger kidney stone formation in some susceptible individuals. Eating too much (and on a regular basis) in restaurants that serve foods loaded with protein, calcium and phosphorus can’t do anything healthy for you, says the National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC).  Instead, these foods can possibly cause you to have kidney stones, which can further complicate your kidney problem.
Avoiding foods served in fast food chains is important if you want to prevent your kidney disease from worsening. Eating healthy meals is essential to improving your kidney function and overall health condition. Don’t become a statistic regarding Fast Food and Signs of Kidney Problems.
Reference:
JAMA Internal Medicine; Changes in Sodium Levels in Processed and Restaurant Foods, 2005 to 2011; Jacobson, M. H. et al; June 2013
PLos One; Inadequate Awareness among Chronic Kidney Disease Patients Regarding Food and Drinks Containing Artificially Added Phosphate; Shutto, Y. et al; November 2013
National Kidney and Urologic Diseases
Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC): Diet for Kidney Stone Prevention

Dr. Jocelyn Ibanez-Pantaleon is a physician and a professional blogger. Her greatest passion is to share her knowledge about disease prevention through healthy living. Through her articles, she strives to make a difference by educating patients about chronic health problems, such as kidney diseases, hypertension and diabetes.
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