Whether it’s while watching sporting events, at parties, during dinner, or just to unwind; the consumption of alcohol beverages has increasingly become part of many people’s diets. It is therefore important and wise that you consider your kidneys when deciding whether or not to drink alcohol. The following are a few things to keep in mind when drinking alcohol:

  • Unwanted weight gain which can potentially lead to, or worsen diabetes: Diabetes is the number one leading cause of kidney failure. Alcohol can cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), hence it is advisable to not drink alcohol on an empty stomach; or when our blood sugar might be low. Although most people with diabetes are able to moderately include alcohol in their diets, they must inform their doctor before doing so, and it must be done responsibly.
  • Medication interaction: Certain medications may have interactions with alcohol. If you’re on any medications, whether prescription or over the counter, it is important that you speak to your doctor or pharmacist before consuming alcohol.
  • Over working the kidneys: Your kidneys work hard to keep you body healthy and in a balanced state. Excessive consumption of alcohol can affect your kidney’s abilities to maintain you fluid, electrolyte, and acid-base balance. Alcohol can also have a negative impact on the hormones that control kidney function, as well as increase your blood pressure. High Blood Pressure is the second leading cause of kidney failure.
  • Drink responsibly and in moderation: The key in consumption of alcohol is moderation. According to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, it is recommended to those who decide to drink that; women should have n more than one drink a day, and men should cap their intake at two drinks a day. The following is a guideline of one drink:
  1. Beer: 12 Fluid ounce 355 millilites)
  2. Wine: 5 Fluid ounces (148 milliliters)
  3. Distilled Spirits (80 proof): 1.5 Fluid ounces (44 milliliters)

With your support, The Iya Foundation, Inc is confident a feasible early detection, surveillance and treatment program can be established to slow, and possibly prevent the progression of kidney disease in the U.S, and particularly in the African Immigrant Community in the U.S.
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