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How Long Can My Husband Live with Polycystic Kidney Disease

My husband is diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease last month and how long he can live?

The Doctor Answered:

how long can one live with polycystic kidney diseasePolycystic Kidney Disease is an inherited kidney disorder and we can not stop it from appearing, but we can do something to delay its occurrence or control its development.

Usually, how long can a patient live with Polycystic Kidney Disease depends on their treatment method, illness condition and nursing care. In some cases, PKD patients can live as long as others with timely and effective treatment, good nursing care and scientific diet.

Right treatment method: aside from controlling Polycystic Kidney Disease symptoms, patients also need to stop the enlargement and increase of kidney cyst. Cysts in kidney enlarge and damage surrounding kidney tissues, so when enlargement of kidney cyst is stopped, further kidney damages will be avoided.

Good nursing care: avoid bad living habits like stay up, drinking alcohol and smoking, because of these bad habits may worsen kidney condition and stimulate kidney cyst to enlarge quickly. If you already have developed these bad habits and found it is hard to kick them, you can ask your doctor for help.

Well-plant diet: Exact diet arrangement depends on patient’s illness condition, but they generally need to limit protein intake and salt intake. Besides, if PKD patients also have swelling symptom and low potassium, they need to limit fluid intake and eat much more foods high in potassium. A right diet helps to slow down the progression of PKD, so please arrange your diet strictly according to the illness condition.

To receive obvious treatment effects, PKD patients need to cooperate with their doctors well and follow their suggestions strictly. Only in this way, can they live a longer time with higher life quality.

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