Patient: my father is 56 years old and he has renal failure. His blood creatinine is 8.4, blood urea is 130, haemoglobin level is 6.8. He is very weak now and has begun dialysis. But high creatinine can not be reduced after 3 times dialysis. I read that drinking carrot juice can help kidney disease patients. I want to know if my father can benefit from carrot. What are the health benefits of carrots for renal failure patients?
Experts: carrot is a healthy vegetable for those that have advanced kidney disease and heart problems. Carrot is very nutritious and it contains a number of vitamins and minerals such as calcium, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D, etc. These nutritions are very important for kidney functions. It can help treat kidney infections, promote the repairing of damaged renal tissues, protect kidney functions and heart functions.
Renal failure patients often have edema due to fluid and sodium retention. Carrot can promote blood circulation so as to help discharge excess water from the body.
Carrot contains substances that can help lower blood sugar level. It can increase coronary blood flow, lower blood cholesterol, lower high blood pressure, strengthen heart functions, therefore it is a good vegetable choice for patients that have hypertension, diabetes and heart problems. Hypertension and diabetes are the leading causes of kidney disease and kidney failure, well control of blood pressure and blood sugar can much reduce potential renal damages.
Carrots contains rich vitamin A and lignin which helps improve the body’s immune functions and indirectly kill cancer cells. More than 95% kidney diseases are due to immune disorders and immune dysfunction. By improving immune system conditions, patient’s resistance ability to diseases will be enhanced and the recurrence of kidney disease will be much lowered.
Raw carrots contain high potassium, therefore if your father has high serum potassium, carrot intake should be controlled within safe amount. Every 100g carrots contain 320mg potassium.
For your father’s high creatinine level, it can be lowered by increasing the frequency of dialysis and prolonging the duration of each dialysis to improve the adequacy of dialysis.
Of cause, the most effective way to lower high creatinine and other illness conditions that are caused by renal failure is to improve kidney functions. Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy and Immunotherapy can help your father’s current illness conditions. Welcome to consult our online doctors or leave us a message.
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