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Can People with Polycystic Kidney Disease Drink Alcohol

My father died of Polycystic Kidney Disease three years ago. Now, I am also diagnosed with this disease. I want to know "can people with Polycystic Kidney Disease drink alcohol". Please give me a suggestion, doctor.

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can people with Polycystic Kidney Disease drink alcoholGenerally, drinking a little alcohol one daily is good to the overall health, but too much alcohol will cause many side effects for not only healthy people but also patients with Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD).

Our liver not our kidney is responsible to decompose alcohol, but it can raise blood pressure. High blood pressure and kidney damage interact closely. If high blood pressure can’t be controlled effectively, it will worsen patients’ condition and cause irreversible kidney damage. According to the research, nearly 60% of patients with PKD have high blood pressure by age 20-30 and about 50% of patients have renal failure by age 60. If high blood pressure uncontrolled in the early stage, it will accelerate the process of Polycystic Kidney Disease developing renal failure. In view of this, we can know patients with PKD should limit the intake of alcohol.

Can people with Polycystic Kidney Disease drink alcohol? Should they quit it completely? It should depend on patients’ specific condition that is someone should avoid it thoroughly while someone should limit the intake. You can tell the experts online your condition and get an answer.

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