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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.

Will Eating a Vegetarian Diet Help Ease Kidney Failure

2015-03-02 07:39

Will Eating a Vegetarian Diet Help Ease Kidney FailureA vegetarian diet has always been high praised by people. It is thought to be a healthy way to live and is helpful for preventing or treat some diseases. Will eating a vegetarian diet help ease Kidney Failure?

What is a vegetarian diet?

There are some categories of vegetarian diet. People who are on vegetarian follows a specific diet include plant foods. They do not consume meat, but depending on what type of vegetarian they are. They may eat other products from animal sources such as milk and dairy products.

Vegetarian diet for Kidney Failure

Indeed, some Kidney Failure patients can benefit from such a diet. For example:

-Reduce protein leakage in urine (proteinuria)

-Produce less waste for kidneys than animal proteins

-Ensure vitamins and carbohydrates supply

-Improve lipid (blood fat) profile of the blood

-Slow the kidney damage and decline of glomerular filtration rate


However, there are also some pitfalls of being on a vegetarian diet with Kidney Failure, especially for those on dialysis. Due to large amount of protein leakage in Kidney Failure, patients need to eat more protein.

It is more difficult for vegetarian dialysis patients to consume enough protein and keep potassium and phosphorus controlled without using a protein supplement—this is especially true for those who are vegans, because no eggs or milk products are consumed.

If you are planning to keep a vegetarian diet, talk with your doctor or dietitian and ask them to make you a good plan.

Treatment for Kidney Failure

Diet cannot be considered as medication, and you know that point. Therefore, you need a holistic treatment for Kidney Failure. The key of treatment for kidney disease is that medicines won’t cause further damage on kidneys while helpful for controlling symptoms. More over, to solve the underlying problems, patients should find ways to improve kidney function. In that case, you can consult our experts online, or leave a message below.

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