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Can Drinking Soda Causes Kidney Disease

2013-02-01 16:23

sodaAs one major health issue in the United States, chronic kidney disease is affecting nearly 26millions Americans. We know that diabetes, hypertension are leading causes of CKD, but do you know that drinking soda can be one cause of chronic kidney disease or make people at higher risk for renal damages?

We know that soda can neutralize gastric acid, strengthen gastrointestinal absorption and invigorate the stomach and many women will drink a lot of soda to help lose weight and improve health.

However long-term intake of soda especially poor quality soda can cause alkali-poisoning. Patients will have loss of appetite, headache, nausea or even coma. The elderly and kidney disease patients are more susceptible to alkali-poisoning.

It has been found that long term drinking soda will increase the risk of getting kidney disease especially for women. Of cause, that also depends on the type and amount of soda you drink.

If you just drink moderate amount of soda and do not drink it every day, it will not increase the risk of getting kidney disease especially those that contain rich vitamins and minerals. However if you drink a lot of soda everyday, you need to limit the amount to avoid unfavorable harms to the body due to over drinking.

For example, cola sodas contain phosphoric acid which can cause urinary changes and promote the formation of stones in the kidneys and urinary tract, thus increasing the risk of kidney disease. While non-cola carbonated beverages have not been found to be associated with kidney disease.

Both sweetened and diet soda have been found to increase the risk of high blood pressure because of the caffeine that soda contains. High blood pressure is one major cause of kidney damages and it is also the major risk factors to speed up decline rate of kidney functions.

If you already have kidney disease or you are at high risk, you need to avoid too much drinking of soda. Switch to lemon or unsweetened cranberry juice which are good for your kidneys. Also there are many natural herbal teas that are also good substitutions for soda.

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