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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.

Best Diet to Slow the Progression of Kidney Failure

2015-03-22 09:19

Best Diet to Slow the Progression of Kidney FailureWhen Kidney Failure, also called Renal Failure occurs, more than 85 percentage of kidney function has been damaged. Maintain is healthy diet is indeed helpful for slow the progression of Kidney Failure. Here is a general guidance. Any questions, please email to or consult our doctors online directly.

Best diet for Kidney Failure patients

-Foods low in sodium. High sodium levels in the blood will cause fluid-retention, resulting in swelling and high blood pressure. Some foods high in sodium like processed meat, canned soups and fast food should be avoided. Eating a light diet and drinking enough water is recommended. Therefore, Kidney Failure patients are suggested to take more fresh vegetable and fruit such as cranberry, pomegranate, red grapes, apple, cucumber, cabbages, red bell peppers, and cauliflower, etc.

-Foods rich in high-quality of protein. Kidney Failure patients experience large amount of protein leakage. Thereby, they may develop malnutrition and weakness. They are suggested to take egg white, fish, milk and lean meat as the sources of high-quality protein. Remember, recommended amount of protein intake is less than 0.6 grams per kg of body weight.

-Foods low in potassium. Damaged kidneys cannot remove excess potassium in the blood, which may cause abnormal heart rate and muscle cramps. Bananas, artichoke, avocados, mushrooms, potatoes, tomatoes and spinach are not OK to be consumed.

-Foods low in phosphorous. Like potassium, phosphorous intake should also be controlled. Some nuts, seeds, cheese and other dairy products are always high in phosphorous. Patients should read the label of the produce before they take them.

It is very necessary to talk with the doctor or dietitian about the proper amount of foods that Kidney Failure patients can take.


No one should consider diet as the replacement of medication. Even though a healthy diet is helpful for slowing down the progression of Kidney Failure, it cannot repair damaged renal tissues. To treat Kidney Failure from the root, you can talk with our doctors online in details.

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