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Can PKD Patients Eat Dark Chocolate

Can PKD Patients Eat Dark ChocolateAll kidney diseases patients need to keep on a healthy diet, no matter what type of kidney disease do they have. However, can PKD patients eat dark chocolate? If you are interested in this topic, please read on.

Well, generally speaking, we do not allowed PKD patients to eat dark chocolate, and the reasons can include:

Increase blood pressure

Chocolate is made from cacao, which contains a substance called theobromine. It can increase blood pressure. As we all know, high blood pressure can be a very common complication of PKD. For PKD patients, high blood pressure and kidney damage can affect each other, so to control blood pressure is so important.

Stimulate kidney cysts to grow

As a common genetic disease, PKD is characterized with numerous cysts growing on kidneys. The enlargement of those kidney cysts can oppress the surrounding kidney tissues and gradually change the structure of kidneys, thus affecting kidney function. caffeine contained in chocolate can lead to the production of cyst fluid and stimulate the kidney cysts to grow both in size and numbers.

High phosphorus in dark chocolate

Once PKD patients have impaired kidney function, kidneys are unable to remove excess potassium and phosphorus out of body. High phosphorus level in the body can pull calcium from the bones, thus making the bones are weak. What is more, it may lead to itching on skin.

Those are the reasons why PKD patients had better not eat dark chocolate. Based on your lab tests, corresponding diet suggestions will be given. If you need some diet suggestions, you can email us to kidneyhospitalabroad@hotmail.com.

Also, we would like to say only healthy diet is not enough to help treat PKD. Experts in Beijing Tongshantang Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine believe that for PKD patients, the two important things are shrinking cysts and improving kidney function. If you are also interested in other natural PKD treatments, you can leave us a message below, we are glad to help you more.

Any kidney problems? Please consult our online doctor. The satisfaction of patient is as high as 93%.

If it is possible for you to come to China for treatment, we have the confidence to give you the satisfying treatment effect.

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