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Is Alcohol Bad for My Kidneys

Provided by Expert Zhang Youkang on 2013-11-18 11:02

Is Alcohol Bad for My KidneysDrinking alcohol can reduce stress, anxiety, and tension. Why I have to quit alcohol when I have kidney disease? Is alcohol bad for my kidneys? This is a question often asked by kidney disease patients. Here I will explain it to you.

Increase blood pressure

Alcohol is usually not a problem for healthy people, but for kidney disease patients, it may be a threaten to life. In fact, alcohol affects your liver more directly than your kidneys, but it can increase the secretion of epinephrine. Epinephrine has the function of shrinking the center cardiovascular, resulting in the high blood pressure. Therefore, drinking alcohol can increase high blood pressure. High blood pressure is the second leading cause of kidney failure, which can damage the tiny filters in your kidneys.

Break the balance of nitrogen in body

Drinking alcohol can increase the proteolysis so as to increase the content of blood urea nitrogen. As we all know, when we are diagnosed with kidney disease, it means there is something wrong with our kidneys. They can not work properly to remove these metabolite out our body. Too much blood urea nitrogen build up in our body will increase the burden on kidneys and cause further damage.

In addition to the above, alcohol can also be dangerous if taken with some medicines. Check with your doctor or pharmacist to learn whether it is safe for you to drink. Our online doctors are also glad to help you. But you should send your test report to us. Whether you can drink or not, it should depend on your condition.

As a general rule, no more than two drinks per day for men or no more than one drink per day for women if your kidney disease is very slight. Of course, it is better for you to stop drinking alcohol. If not, you should choose some fruit wine, which contains little alcohol. In order to live healthily, you had better pay attention to your food and drink.

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