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Is It OK to Eat Ampalaya or Bitter Melon with Diabetes and CKD

Posted: by Dr.Zhao      Time: 2014-10-15 02:42

Topics: CKD CKD Diet Diabetes Diet

Details: My father has suffered diabetes for 15 years, and he was also diagnosed with chronic kidney disease several days ago. I want to know whether we can give him ampalaya or bitter melon.

Expert Answer

For diabetics with chronic kidney disease, ampalaya or bitter melon is one good choice if diabetics don’t have high potassium level. This is because the biggest benefit of bitter melon is to lower high blood sugar for diabetics. Once blood sugar level is controlled very well, many complications and problems caused by high blood glucose can be controlled effectively.

Besides, bitter melon can also bring some other benefits such as:

1. Boost patients’ digestive system and appetite: Bitter melon glucoside and bitter principle in bitter melon can improve patients’ appetite, so patients have a strong desire to take more foods.

2. Increase the urine output: Bitter melon has the diuretic property that can stimulate the kidneys to produce more urine so as to lower high blood pressure and ease swelling.

3. Regulate blood circulation: A normal blood circulation can help treat diabetes and kidney disease a lot, while bitter melon can have achieve this goal.

Even though this vegetable can bring a lot of benefits for diabetics with chronic kidney disease, only depending on this food won’t help a lot. That is to say, patients also need to take some medical therapies.

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