Banking soda could help kidney patients!

New researches claimed that baking soda can be greatly helpful for kidney patients, who need dialysis, if given daily dose. The kitchen product that is called sodium bicarbonate can dramatically slow the progress of chronic kidney disease. Millions of people around the world are suffer from chronic kidney disease. The condition ranges in severity from a mild degree of poor functioning to complete kidney failure.

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Seriously affected patients may have to spend time each day on a dialysis machine which takes over the function of the kidneys. Many patients around the world have to go through renal replacement therapy, which involves dialysis or a kidney transplant. Professor Magdi Yaqoob said, “A simple remedy like sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), when used appropriately, can be very effective.”

Doctors have long wondered about the potential value of baking soda for kidney disease patients who commonly suffer from low bicarbonate levels, a condition called metabolic acidosis. Researchers studied 134 patients with advanced chronic kidney disease & metabolic acidosis.

One group was randomly allocated a small daily dose of sodium bicarbonate in tablet form in addition to their usual care. Over a period of one year, the kidney function of these patients declined about two thirds more slowly than that of individuals not given the tablets. In fact, their rate of decline was little different from what would be expected with normal ageing.

Patients taking sodium bicarbonate tablets were also less likely to develop end-stage renal disease requiring dialysis. Professor Magdi Yaqoob said, “This study shows baking soda can be useful for people with kidney failure. That is, as long as the dose is regulated and under supervision. What happens is the inflammation of kidney is prevented by baking soda because a chemical reaction takes place limiting ammonia production in the kidney.”

He further said that the cheap & simple strategy also improves patients' nutritional well-being & has the potential to improve quality of life and of course a clinical outcome that can remove the need for dialysis. Baking soda is not classed as a drug so this study has never been tried before.

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