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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.

How to Cook Potatoes for Someone With Polycystic Kidney Disease

2014-12-06 02:51

How to Cook Potatoes for Someone With Polycystic Kidney DiseasePotatoes for kidney disease patients are always not recommended, due to its high potassium level. Therefore, Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) patients had better take potatoes in a healthy way. Well then, how to cook potatoes for PKD patients?

How much potassium in potatoes?

One small potato (1-3/4 inches to 2-1/4 inches in diameter) contains more than 700 milligrams of potassium. And one average-sized, whole, baked potato (2-1/3"x 4-3/4" or about 1-1/3 cups, if measured) contains 926 milligrams of potassium with the skin or 610 milligrams of potassium without the skin. If you are on a low-potassium diet, this is a considerable amount for one serving.

How to prepare potatoes in a healthy way?

For the most effective potassium removal, potatoes must be cut into small pieces, sliced thin or grated. If boiled at least 10 minutes in a large pot of water, potassium is reduced by at least half the original amount. These potatoes will still contain 100 to 200 milligrams of potassium in a 1/2-cup serving so people on a low-potassium diet are encouraged to pay attention to portion control.

If boiling isn’t the planned cooking method, potassium may still be reduced by slicing or cutting potatoes into small pieces or grating them and soaking them in a large amount of water at room temperature or warmer for greater potassium removal.

The least effective method of removing potassium is to soak potatoes in the refrigerator, then prepare without boiling first.

Considerations

Even though diet restriction is helpful, it cannot treat Polycystic Kidney Disease. It only help you prevent some symptoms.

In our hospital, Shijiazhuang Hetaiheng Hospital, we mainly used traditional Chinese herbs. It can increase the permeability of cyst walls to accelerate reabsorption of cyst fluid, so that the kidney cyst will be shrunk kidney cysts.

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