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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.

Precautionary Measure in Diet for PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease)

2014-10-28 11:13

Precautionary Measure in Diet for PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease)Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) is a genetic kidney disorder that can be inherited. Precautionary measure in diet for PKD is necessary for you staying healthier. Here is a general guidance, and if you have any other questions, you can email to or leave a message below.

● Limit your sodium

Abnormal sodium level in the blood is one of the symptoms of Polycystic Kidney Disease when large cysts cause kidney dysfunction. This result can lead to swelling and high blood pressure. Therefore, your should limit your whole sodium intake to no more than 6g each day.

You are required to avoid some foods that contain much sodium, for example, processed meat, dried vegetables, canned soups, and fast foods, etc.

● Control protein intake

When protein breaks down in the body, it will produce some wastes and urea is one of the by-products. It is discharged by the kidneys. Therefore, high urea level will burden the kidneys, leading to further kidney damage.

The doctor will recommend you to take 0.6-0.8g per kilogram of body weight.

● Be cautious about foods that contain high potassium and phosphorous

Impaired kidneys fail to maintain the balance of electrolyte, thus leading to abnormal level of potassium and phosphorous. As a result, some complications such as shortness of breath, muscle cramps, itchy skin, etc can occur.

● Avoid spicy and greasy foods

Such kind of foods can change the inside environment of your kidneys, and can stimulate the growth of kidney cysts. In addition, alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco should also be avoided.

● Drink plenty of fluids

If you do not have swelling and difficulty of making urine, you are recommended to drink plenty of water. Large amounts of water can increase urine output so as to help the kidneys filter more wastes and toxins.

Since cases differ from individuals to individuals, you may need to take some changes based on the general guidance of die for Polycystic Kidney Disease. We can provide you free online service.

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