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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.

Tips About Diet For Polycystic Kidney Disease

2013-12-18 17:24

Tips About Diet For Polycystic Kidney DiseaseWhat is the best diet for Polycystic Kidney Disease?

Polycystic kidney disease, or PKD, is one of the most common inherited diseases, affecting up to 1 in 400 births, or 6ooooo people in the United States. Moreover, about one-half of PKD patients will end up with kidney failure, but dietary changes can help improve the overall health of most people with this disorder, possibly preventing its further deterioration. Here are some tips about diet for polycystic kidney disease which may bring you a better life.

1. Following a low-protein diet

This suggestion may apply to every patient with kidney disease. Why? Because generally speaking, high level of protein will burden the kidneys which will work more and more difficult. If this condition is left untreated, patients with PKD are more likely to develop into kidney failure in which dialysis or kidney transplant is needed greatly.

2. Drink lots of water

PKD ( Polycystic Kidney Disease ) patients should drink lots of water since water can help flush out waste products and helps you avoid dehydration, a common symptom of PKD. But they should avoid caffeine ( which causes dehydration ) found in coffee, chocolate, black tea, green tea, white tea, cola and even some decaf products.

3. Avoid excess amounts of salt

This is because excessive salts will cause your blood pressure to rise. This includes products like processed foods, soups, chips and soy sauce.

4. Eat more high-fiber foods

Try to eat a lot of high-fiber foods that can combat insulin resistance-high insulin levels have been linked with heart disease and faster rates of PKD progression. Good sources of fiber, in addition to vegetables and fruits, are whole grains and legumes.

Of course, apart from the above tips, there are also many suggestions about diet for Polycystic Kidney Disease. If you have interest, please contact us by emailing to or leaving a message below, we will list all the foods you can and can not eat in your daily life.

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