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Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a group of disorders that result from the formation and progressive enlargement of cysts in the kidneys without dysplasia, usually leading to renal failure.

A Dietary Treatment for Polycystic Kidney Disease

2014-04-20 03:24

Whether you are just diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease or you have had this disease for many years, a healthy diet should always be one of your biggest concerns. The reason is that a dietary treatment for Polycystic Kidney Disease plays a vital role in the whole treatment. If you still don’t know what foods you can eat and not eat, I believe you can get a satisfying answer from the following content.

Avoid the foods high in sodium

Nearly 60% of patients with PKD have high blood pressure, and foods high in sodium will raise patients’ blood pressure. Therefore, they should avoid this kind of food. Potato chips, pretzels, soups, prepared mixes and foods, condiments, frozen meals, fermented foods, luncheon meats, salad dressings and various cheese products all contribute to salty foods.

Give up drinking

People with Polycystic Kidney Disease had better cut out drinking especially alcohol, because some researches reveal that alcohol can stimulate the activity of cystic protein and prompt the growth of these renal cysts to some extent.

Consume moderate amount of foods with high-quality protein

Protein is an important mineral that is used to build up our bone. However, when the kidney can’t work normally, excessive protein will increase the workload on the kidney. Thereby, high-quality protein rather than high-quantity protein is recommended for these patients. Generally, a glass of skim milk or pure milk, one egg white and 0.6g of lean meat one daily can meet patients’ protein need.

Eat more foods high in vitamin

The research of Turkey has proven that foods containing rich vitamin especially vitamin C have a big benefit in protecting kidney function and accelerating kidneys’ filtering rate. If you are experiencing Polycystic Kidney Disease especially your creatinine level is higher than normal, you can consume more fruits and vegetables with rich vitamin. Here, we recommend three fruits: cranberry, kiwi fruit and pomegranate.

Drink enough water if you can still urinate normally

4000ml of water one daily is suggested for PKD patients with enough normal, because drinking correct water is able to increase the urine volume and help remove more waste products and toxins from the body. However, the amount of water should change with the development of patients’ condition.

The above is a general narrative about the dietary treatment for polycystic kidney disease. The detailed diet should be decided by your specific condition. What’s more, this dietary treatment can’t replace medical treatment. Therefore, the effective treatment to stop the progression of PKD developing renal failure should be sought.

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