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Stage 4 Kidney Failure without Edema: Can I Eat Watermelon

2014-05-24 01:21

Stage 4 Kidney Failure without Edema: Can I Eat WatermelonAs the summer reason comes, watermelon becomes more and more popular. As we all know, the kidney failure patients with edema are not allowed to eat watermelon, while for the stage 4 kidney failure without edema, can they eat watermelon?

Though watermelon contains rich vitamins, also is a good diuretic products, but it is rich in potassium. While the patients with kidney failure is recommended limiting the potassium intake, because the normal kidneys have the functions of maintain potassium balance in our body. Once the kidney is damaged, it can not work normally, so some minerals will accumulated in body, as well as potassium. But if potassium level in our body is too high, it can cause hyperkalemia that is defined as a serum potassium concentration greater than approximately 3.5-5.5mEq/L in adults. When potassium level is higher than 7mEq/L, which can cause nerve system disease. What is worse, if the potassium level exceeds 8.5mEq/L, which can lead to respiratory paralysis or cardiac arrest and can quickly be fatal. Thus, the patients with stage 4 kidney failure can not eat watermelon.

There is one more point, watermelon is rich in water that accounts for 91 percent of the total weight. Though you are in stage 4 kidney failure without edema, your kidneys have been damaged severely, and it loses the function of balancing water, thus eating watermelon is more likely lead to water retention. In view of this, it is also not allowed to eat watermelon for the patients with stage 4 kidney failure.

In conclusion, the patients with stage 4 kidney failure without edema can not eat watermelon, otherwise, it can aggravate your illness and even threaten your life. In addition, in order to live a better life, you had better receive more effective treatments. Here, we recommend you some natural treatments treating kidney failure, such as Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy, Blood Purification, Immunotherapy and so on. If you want to know more about these treatments, you can send an email to, and we will introduce you them in detail.

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