Diabetic Nephropathy is kidney disease caused by diabetes. With such disease, you have to pay attention to what you drink and eat. If you have doubt whether certain food is good for you or not, you had better consult a dietitian firstly. As a medical plant, cactus is gaining popularity in the world. Is it good for Diabetic Nephropathy?
Heath benefits of cactus for people with Diabetic Nephropathy
High sugar level and high cholesterol are the two common symptoms of Diabetic Nephropathy. Cactus contains fiber and pectin, which can lower blood sugar by decreasing the absorption of sugar in the stomach and intestine. It is also said that the fiber and sterols in cactus lower blood cholesterol levels. The fiber can also sweep the colon clean and maintain bowel regularity.
In addition, cactus are good source of antioxidant flavonoids, which helps neutralize free radicals before they can overtax the liver. As a result, it frees the organ to balance bodily functions, including the immune system. A good immune system protects you from various disease.
Sterols along with polyphenols and glycoproteins in cactus help reduce inflammation and keep blood clot from forming so as to sustain a good blood environment.
However, if you take cactus and diabetes medications at the same time, you had better watch out your blood sugar levels. Because they combined together might cause your blood sugar to go too low. Cactus can also cause other side effects, including mild diarrhea, nausea, increased stool volume, increased stool frequency and abdominal fullness.
If you would like to add cactus into your diet, it is necessary for you to talk with your doctor. You can also send your medical report to firstname.lastname@example.org, and then our doctors can help you make a wise decision after analyzing your case.