Some people with Focal Segmental Glomerular Sclerosis (FSGS) follow a renal diet that limits intake of sodium, potassium, protein and phosphorus. This helps the kidneys maintain normal levels of potassium and other substances in the blood. Should patients with this disease eat bananas?
Focal Segmental Glomerular Sclerosis
Normally, the kidneys perform several important functions that preserve life.
These functions include filtering waste products from the bloodstream,
regulating blood pressure, and maintaining normal fluid and electrolyte
FSGS is a type of kidney disease in which attacks the kidney's filtering
system-glomeruli, causing serious scarring. It is one of the causes of a serious
condition known as Nephrotic Syndrome.
With declined kidney function, patient's kidneys cannot perform their normal
functions, causing abnormal levels of potassium and other substances to
accumulate in the bloodstream.
Should I eat bananas with Focal Segmental Glomerular Sclerosis?
Actually, bananas is a potassium superfruit, and one banana packs a potassium
punch of at least 450 milligrams. So when the kidneys are not healthy, patients
often need to restrict certain foods that can increase the potassium in the
blood to a dangerous levels. If the levels becomes too high, it can cause an
irregular heartbeat or a heart attack. Therefore, patients are suggested to
Besides, patients are also recommended to limit or avoid high potassium
foods, such as avocados, kiwi, mangos, papaya, oranges, honeydew, dried fruits,
sweet potatoes, tomatoes, dried beans & peas, spinach, pumpkin, milk,
yogurt, ice cream, chocolate, molasses, salt substitute, etc.
The above list does not include all foods high in potassium. Portion size
also plays a role in the amount of potassium you get from the foods you eat.
Consult our online experts or your dietitian about what to eat based on your