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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.

A Healthy Diet for Polycystic Kidney Disease

2013-03-17 15:07

Healthy Diet for Polycystic Kidney Disease Whether you are just diagnosed with PKD or you have been experiencing this disease for a long time, a healthy diet for Polycystic Kidney Disease is very important for you. Therefore, how to arrange a healthy diet for Polycystic Kidney Disease is our today’s topic.

According to American report, 5%-10% of patients with ESRD have Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD). If controlled in the early stage, it is possible to slow down or stop the progression of PKD leading to renal failure. For most patients, the following aspects should be noted in their daily life.

Lower the intake of sodium

High blood pressure has a close link with kidney damage and nearly 60% of patients with PKD have high blood pressure. To slow down the progression of patients’ condition, keeping high blood pressure in the normal level is necessary. Therefore, PKD patients should avoid high-salt foods including potato chips, pretzels, soups, prepared mixes and foods, condiments, frozen meals, fermented foods, luncheon meats, salad dressings and various cheese products.

Consume enough vitamin

Vitamin is a necessary substance for our healthy. Researches of Turkey have revealed that vitamin especially vitamin C have a big benefit in protecting kidney function and lowering elevated creatinine level. Usually, vegetables and fruits are rich in vitamin. Cranberry, kiwi fruit and pomegranate are all conducive for our kidney.

Avoid alcohol

Alcohol can not only raise blood pressure but also stimulate the growth of renal cysts, so patients with PKD are required to give up drinking.

Take high-quality protein

Our kidney is responsible to deal with protein. When it can’t work optimally, excessive protein can increase kidney’s burden. Thereby, patients with PKD should eat high-quality protein rather than high-quantity protein. Generally, a glass of milk, one egg white and 0.6g of lean meat one daily is able to meet patients’ protein need.

Besides, each of patients all has some special requirements in their diet, so this healthy diet for Polycystic Kidney Disease changes for different patients. If you still have some questions about today’s topic, fell free to tell us.

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