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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.

Nutritions For Polycystic Kidney Disease

2013-05-16 15:58

Nutritions For Polycystic Kidney DiseaseWhat is the proper diets and nutritions for PKD patients? Good eating can help consolidate the curative effects of medications and treatment or at least it can help avoid any worsening of kidney functions due to improper diets.

Here are some nutrition guidances for PKD patients.

1. Low-salt diet can help control high blood pressure, reduce the chance of infections. Most PKD patients will have high blood pressure even before renal functions are damaged. If not well controlled, high blood pressure will cause cardiovascular lesions. High blood pressure can also increase the risk of aneurysm rupture and stroke. Effective control of high blood pressure can slow down the decline rate of kidney functions and lower the incidence of complications.

2. Low-protein is good for preserving kidney functions. When the glomerular filtration rate falls below 50, it is necessary to limit protein intake for the sake of reducing nitrogenous wastes and relieving burdens and strains to the kidneys. Foods of high-quality proteins that contains more essential amino acids and produce less wastes such as egg white, lean meat, fresh water fish, milk are good choices for PKD patients.

3. More fluid intake. It is recommended that PKD patients should have more fluid intake and this has many benefits. It can help increase urine output so as to help flush more wastes, toxins, uric acids from the kidneys. This can help cleanse the kidneys and reduce the risk of stone formation in the kidneys and urinary tract.

4. Fresh vegetables and fruits. Vegetables and fruits are mostly low-protein and they are high in vitamins and fibers. What is more, most vegetables and fruits are alkaline foods which are considered to be good for PKD patients. If the patient’s kidney functions have been severely damaged and patient has developed the signs of hyperkalemia, some high-potassium fruits and vegetables should be avoided.

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