How Energy Drinks Affect Chronic Kidney Disease Patients' Bodies, & Should They Continue Using Them?

How Energy Drinks Affect Chronic Kidney Disease Patients' Bodies, & Should They Continue Using Them?

As you know many Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetics struggle to maintain adequate levels of energy. Low energy levels are even more frequent among those who have Kidney Failure and must conduct Dialysis, right? Do you ever struggle with energy, and feel exhausted after Dialysis treatments, worn-out due to fluctuations in your blood sugar, and drained during periods of very warm weather? 

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This is not a light matter; limited energy directly impacts Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic patients' lives, and reduces their quality of life. When they suffer low energy levels, Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic patients must cancel or reschedule appointments both medical and personal. Also, patients find it difficult or impossible to cook for themselves so they often skip meals or eat poorly. Exhaustion, fatigue, and low energy affects every aspect of a Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic patient's life. 

Hence, when you feel obligated to uphold a scheduled meeting, or you just need a quick energy boost to run a few errands; what do you do? If you are like many other Chronic Kidney Disease or Diabetics, you reach into your refrigerator and grab a cold energy drink. That will keep you going, right? Well, not exactly.

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This year the Nephrology Physicians LLC. is celebrating 40 years of service to the Chronic Kidney Disease community, and for Dialysis patients they note that, "All energy drinks (ie. Redbull) and/or sports drinks (ie. Gatorade) should be avoided at all costs due to their added vitamins, minerals, and herbs that Dialysis does not remove and will build up in your blood." The American Diabetes Association also urges Diabetics to avoid energy drinks because they "will raise blood glucose and can provide several hundred calories in just one serving!"

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Both Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetics, moreover, are at an elevated risk of Cardiovascular (Heart) Disease and Failure. Energy drinks typically further increase the risks of a Cardiovascular event occurring in Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic patients according to, because this type of drink raises both blood pressure and heart rate.  

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Are you still in doubt that energy drinks are not advised for Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetics? Dr. Manny Alvarez wrote, "people with Cardiovascular problems" and "people who have kidney failure – especially those on dialysis or people with Chronic Kidney Disease due to severe Diabetes," should avoid energy drinks.

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Yes, energy drinks may seem like an easy way to help Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetics get through  their day, but they do have health consequences. If you're looking for natural foods to boost your energy without causing harm take a look at's recent article, Good And Bad Foods To Boost Energy Of Chronic Kidney Disease And Diabetic Patients. 

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What's more, by eating a balanced meal that includes a healthy dose of carbohydrates, protein and fat, you can also help to keep your energy levels up. Regular exercise and activity also assist in giving you a natural boost. To get your daily fix of Breaking News & Fresh Information, visit your trusted resource - every day.