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Can Diabetic Nephropathy Patients Eat Lettuce

2014-07-23 00:09| Font Size A A A

Can Diabetic Nephropathy Patients Eat LettuceIf you happen to be a diabetic kidney disease patient, surely you must have many food taboos. Meanwhile, diet therapy plays an important part in maintaining good nutritional status and slowing the progression of kidney disease. Well then, whether you can eat lettuce or not? Please read on and find out the answer.

Lettuce, namely leafy lettuce, is one of the incredible leafy vegetables packed with nutrients. Generally speaking, it is good for diabetic renal disease patients as the other leafy vegetables do.

Benefits of lettuce for Diabetic Nephropathy patients.

Strengthen immune system

Lettuce is a great source of vitamin C which help boost immune system. Since the kidney function is damaged by long-term and uncontrolled high blood sugar, patients’immune system will be in low status which can not prevent bacteria and toxins from the attacking the body, thus causing inflammation and other organs damage. Therefore, eating lettuce can strengthen immune system and reduce the risk of damage on kidney tissues.

Fight insomnia

Consume lettuce helps fight insomnia because it contains sleep-inducing substance called lactucarium. It is a mild opiate substances that exits in virtually all types of lettuce.

Strengthen bones

Lettuce rich in vitamin K, which helps in strengthening bones by increasing activity and increased bone mass osteotrophic also helps prevent osteoporosis.

Control heart rate and blood pressure

Lettuce is rich in minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium and potassium, which are essential for body metabolism. Potassium helps counteract the effects of sodium on blood pressure. And it is an important component of cell and body fluid that is responsible for controlling heart rate and blood pressure. But what I want to stress is that you should contact a doctor before taking this vegetable. Because for kidney disease patients, they often suffer from high potassium.

Good for constipation

Constipation is also a common complication of kidney disease. To alleviate constipation, you should eat food with high-fiber. Lettuce contains large amount of fiber which can stimulate the secretion of gastric juice and peristalsis of intestine. In view of this point, some wastes will also excreted, thus preventing constipation.

The mentioned above are the general introduction of relationship between lettuce and diabetic renal disease. Wanna more info, please contact us directly, or you can email to

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