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Is Poor Appetite a Symptom of Polycystic Kidney Disease?

I am a patient of Polycystic Kidney Disease and recently I feel like eating anything. Is this related with my kidney problem? How to deal with poor appetite in PKD?

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poor appetite in Polycystic Kidney Disease Polycystic Kidney Disease do can cause poor appetite, but this condition usually occurs when PKD develops to a certain stage.

Usually, kidney disease patients feel like eating nothing results from high toxins in their blood. We know kidneys are responsible for discharging wastes in the blood and when kidneys are failed to function properly, these wastes will build up in the blood. When these wastes affect patient’s digestive system, patients will feel like eating anything, even if they are facing their favorite foods.

Polycystic Kidney Disease is a disease characterized by lots of cysts in kidney. These cysts enlarge over time and when they affect kidney function, wastes cannot be discharged timely and build up in the blood. Creatinine is one of the wastes that produced by our body. In cases of kidney disease, the higher the creatinine level, the more toxins in the blood. Therefore, for PKD patients who have high creatinine level, they are more likely to have decreased appetite.

Besides, for Polycystic Kidney Disease patients, with the increase of creatinine level, they may also suffer from nausea and vomit symptoms. All these symptoms occur because of high toxins in the blood, so purifying blood will be helpful for alleviating their nausea, vomit and increasing appetite.

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