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Vitamin A in Renal Failure

2013-04-15 15:44

Vitamin A in Renal FailurePeople with renal failure may be often told to consume more foods rich in vitamin, because most of them are malnourished. However, are all vitamins good for them? How about vitamin A in renal failure?

Are all vitamins good for people with renal failure?

The answer is no. According to the institute of medicine, our body needs at least 13 vitamins to function properly. All of these vitamins are divided into two classes: fat soluble and water soluble. In renal failure, nearly all of patients’ kidney function has lost so that fat soluble vitamins are more likely to build up in the body, while water soluble vitamins are usually lacking. Vitamin A belongs to fat soluble vitamins, so people with renal failure are more likely to suffer from high vitamin A level and then vitamin A toxicity may result.

The symptoms of high vitamin A in renal failure

If vitamin A is higher than the normal, it may lead to some symptoms including nausea, jaundice, irritability, anorexua, vomiting, blurry vision, headache, hair loss, muscle and abdominal pain and weakness. Since vitamin A mainly comes from the foods what we eat, people with elevated vitamin A in renal failure should limit foods high in vitamin A. Paprika, red pepper, cayenne, chili powder, sweet potato, carrot, dark leafy green, butternut squash, lettuce, etc, all belongs to foods rich in vitamin A.

Now, we can know high vitamin A level has an intimate link with renal failure. Vitamin A toxicity can be caused by renal failure, and it, in turn, is able to worsen patients’ condition. Therefore, improving patients’ kidney function is also important to keep the normal level of vitamin A. Some treatments such as Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy and Immunotherapy can be helpful, but patients should choose the treatment suitable for themselves according to their specific condition. The last thing we need to note is that don’t supply any vitamin blindly without consulting doctor.

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