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What Is Chitosan Use For CKD Patients

2015-03-22 14:54

What Is Chitosan Use For CKD PatientsChitosan is unquestionably a remarkable substance and medical studies for its potential health uses are ongoing. Let us see what the benefits of chitosan for chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients.

Properties of chitosan for CKD patients

1. Digestive system

Due to strict diet limitation, CKD patients often suffer from digestive system problems. Chitosan is a compound rich in fiber, which makes it highly beneficial for processes digestive. Ingestion prevents intestinal irritation and possible constipation.

2. Lower cholesterol levels

Kidney disease patients are more likely to experience cardiovascular disease and more patients die from cardiovascular disease more than kidney disease itself. To reduce the death rate, kidney disease patients must take measurement to prevent cardiovascular disease. The studies have shown that chitosan reduces the levels of cholesterol in the blood, so it is highly recommended to prevent cardiovascular disease.

3. Chronic kidney disease

A 12-week study using 1450mg of chitosan per day showed a reduced serum cholesterol, increased serum hemoglobin, reduced BUN, and reduced creatine. The treatment also showed improved appetite, sleep, and feeling of physical strength.

4. Detoxify your body

Because chitosan is high in fiber, it can be used to cleanse the colon and can absorb toxins within the intestine and help to flush them out of the body.

5. Chitosan and kidney failure

Epakitin is a chitosan-based phosphate binder and uremic reducer. This product has been proven to reduce urea, creatinine, calcium absorption and decrease phosphatemia leading to an increase in life expectancy without affecting food consumption. Epakitin is reported to prevent further kidney damage and improve patients’ quality of life. Plain chitosan can be given in place of epakitin.

Generally speaking, chitosan is good for kidney disease patients. However, people allergic to shellfish and people with intestinal malabsorption syndromes should not use chitosan.

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