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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.

Should People With Kidney Cyst Avoid Baked Potatoes

2014-11-22 07:53

Should People With Kidney Cyst Avoid Baked PotatoesShould people with kidney cyst avoid bakes potatoes? Well, it depends. Let me explain to you.

Potatoes for kidney disease patients

Potato will be not allowed for kidney disease patients who have high potassium level in blood. Except for potato, there are some other foods high in potassium, including:

-Fruit: Banana, orange, apricot, avocado, cantaloupe, dates, dried fruits, kiwi, mango, papaya, prunes.

-Vegetables: Pumpkin, artichoke, bamboo shoots, baked beans, butternut squash, beets, etc.

-Other foods: Bran products, chocolate, granola, nuts and seeds, peanut butter, and so on.

If you want to take any food listed above, you should take a test to check you potassium level before, and consult your doctor for right amount.

Will kidney cyst lead to high serum potassium level?

High serum potassium level is a result of damaged kidneys. As you know, the cyst grows with ages, and it can cause symptoms and kidney damage when it expand to a large size. Therefore, whether people with kidney cyst should avoid baked potatoes or not is determined by the potassium level in their blood test. You can send your test report to us at, and we can give you some suggestions.

What is the best way to reduce potassium in potato?

If you really want to take potato, you can do as follows to reduce high potassium in it.

Firstly, potatoes must be cut into pieces, sliced thin or grated. Then, boil them for at least 10 minutes in a large pot of water. Mashed potato is much better than fried one.

Other dietary suggestion for kidney cyst patients

People with kidney cyst are required to keep away from spicy and greasy foods like chili, pepper, alcohol, mustard, etc. If they are some kidney function loss, they also need to limit sodium and protein intake.

However, you should know that simple diet restriction or supplements cannot help shrink kidney cyst. Timely and appropriate treatments are necessary.

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