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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.

Oxalic Acid and Polycystic Kidney Disease

2013-07-02 11:58

Oxalic Acid and Polycystic Kidney DiseaseGet rid of foods high in oxalic acid! If you have Polycystic Kidney Disease, you may have been told it. However, why can’t people with PKD take oxalic acid? How can they eat healthy?

Oxalic acid and Polycystic Kidney Disease

Oxalic acid, one chemical compound, is usually found in certain foods. Generally, even though our body has no use for it, healthy kidneys and livers are in charge of eliminating it out of the body with no problem.

However, in Polycystic Kidney Disease, as more kidney cysts develop and grow in kidneys, they are more likely to cause kidney damage, or even cysts may spread to liver. When kidneys or livers can’t work normally, oxalic acid must be something PKD patients have to avoid.

Some certain foods are high in oxalic acid such as spinach, rhubarb, eggplants, cocoa, chocolate and so on. If you have Polycystic Kidney Disease, try to avoid these foods in your daily life. (For a list of food high in oxalic acid, you can send email to

Then, how to make a healthy diet for PKD patients?

High blood pressure commonly occurs as the first symptom of Polycystic Kidney Disease, while a diet high in sodium can increase the risk of high blood pressure. Therefore, developing a low-sodium diet is very necessary for PKD patients.

Alcohol is proven to not only increase the incidence of heart disease but also accelerate the growing rate of kidney cysts, so people who have PKD are usually recommended to get rid of both alcohol and beer.

No matter which kidney disease you have, excessive intake of protein may easily worsen your condition. Therefore, low protein is also a basis requirement to make a kidney good diet.

Besides the above aspects, many others should also be made according to your specific case. If you still have any question about your diet or treatment, welcome to consult the online doctor or leave a message to us.

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