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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 Polycystic Kidney Disease Eat Pumpkin

2013-07-01 16:08

Can People with Polycystic Kidney Disease Eat PumpkinBecause of its healthy benefits and flavor, pumpkin is one of the most nutritional foods available year round. People who love to eat pumpkin pie or seed but are diagnosed with PKD must wonder “can people with Polycystic Kidney Disease eat pumpkin”. Read on to find the answer.

As with people with other kidney diseases, PKD patients are also often recommended to develop a healthy diet low in protein and salt. If their potassium or phosphorus level is higher than the normal, they should avoid foods rich in potassium or phosphorus. Pumpkin just belongs to such foods, so PKD patients can still enjoy the good taste of pumpkin unless they are tested out elevated potassium or phosphorus.

In other cases, people who have Polycystic Kidney Disease can get some great benefits from eating pumpkin.

- Boost immunity: Various antioxidants and vitamins in pumpkin can boost patients’ immunity largely. In PKD, continuous enlargements of kidney cysts may easily cause kidney cyst infection and urinary tract infection. With a strong immunity, these patients can fight against infections and inflammations better.

- Reduce high blood pressure: Pumpkin contains rich minerals, such as calcium, potassium, phosphorus and iron, and low sodium, so it is a great food to reduce the risk of high blood pressure and heart diseases.

- Reverse skin damage: The beta-carotene in pumpkin can reverse skin damage caused by the sun and act as an anti-inflammatory.

- Improve kidney function: Pumpkin has an effect on eliminating the mutation of nitrous acid, one cancerogenic substance, so it can help not only repair the damaged kidney tissues but also prompt the regeneration of new tissues, thus improving patients’ kidney function.

Besides, pumpkin seeds also have many healthy benefits. To make sure you can consume this food more healthily, you can ask the online doctor to help you make a scientific diet plan.

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