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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.

Can People with PKD Drink Milk

2013-06-15 15:43

Can People with PKD Drink MilkCan people with PKD drink milk? Since milk is well known as a great dietary source of protein and calcium, it has been an indispensable drink in many people’s life. However, kidney disease patients are always reminded to develop a low-protein diet. What should they do? Follow the dietitian at pkdclinic to find the answer.

Isn’t milk good for people with Polycystic Kidney Disease?

As with people with other types of Chronic Kidney Disease, PKD patients are also recommended to limit dairy product intake because of its high levels of protein and minerals including potassium, phosphorus and calcium.

Generally speaking, eight ounces of low-fat milk contains 8g of protein, 290 mg of calcium, 230 mg of phosphorus and 366 mg of potassium. Therefore, dietitians at pkdclinic commonly suggest people with PKD to drink half a cup of milk every day. Here, we can know people with kidney disease can still enjoy milk, but the amount is restrictive.

There are some alternatives to milk that kidney disease patients can drink

In recent years, the number of milk alternatives in the market has grown significantly. For people with PKD, soy milk and nondairy creamer may be their good choices, because it has reported that soy can help slow down the progression of PKD to some extent. However, some of these products do contain rich potassium or phosphorus, so it is necessary to check the nutrients before you decide drinking any type of milk alternatives.

To help Polycystic Kidney Disease patients develop a kidney-friendly meals with alternative milk products, dietitian at pkdclinic has made a wealth of recipes that can help these patients consume milk healthily.

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