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PKD and Chocolate

PKD,ChocolateIf you happen to be a person with PKD, you are suggested not to consume chocolate or limit the intake as much as possible. It is reported that the chocolate may aggravate kidney damages and enlarge your existed kidney cysts.

Based on the following reasons, you’d better avoid the chocolate intake as much as possible.

Chocolate Enlarges Kidney Cysts

Chocolate contains a kind of substance called caffeine which can increase the quantity of message protein cyclic AMP. This substance contribute to the cyst fluids production, causing kidney cysts enlargement in both numbers and size. This is the first reason why PKD patients or Kidney Cysts sufferers are suggested to avoid chocolate.

Chocolate Elevate Blood Pressure

Some chocolates derive from cacao which contains a substance name as methylxanthine alkaloids theobromine and caffeine. It is the two components that make the chocolate become a bad choice for patients with Kidney Disease or high blood pressure. Both of the two substances can increase the blood pressure levels. For people with kidney damage, they are more likely to develop high blood pressure which, in return, causes a further damage to the kidneys.

Chocolate Aggravate Kidney Damage

Chocolate is also known as its rich phosphorus. Eating high-phosphorus foods such as chocolate can have serious, long-term consequences if you have PKD or other kidney diseases.

High levels of phosphorus begin to pull calcium from the bones. In addition to permanently weakening the bones and making you more vulnerable to fractures, the calcium can deposit in blood vessels, muscles and other areas.

Maybe it is hard for you to avoid all the chocolate in your life, but at least, you should promise the intake of chocolate is limited. Most chocolates show side effects for the improvement of kidney health. However, there are some specific chocolates which is specific for patients with PKD. If you have interest, you can leave a message and we are glad to make a chocolate list for you based on your own conditions.

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