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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.

Curry and Polycystic Kidney Disease

2013-07-06 09:34

Curry and Polycystic Kidney DiseaseCan I eat curry if I have Polycystic Kidney Disease? One patient posed this question on our website. Curry or curry powder, as a great condiment, is favored by not only Indians but also many people in other countries. Today, our topic is curry and Polycystic Kidney Disease.


Curry can be made in various ways with different ingredients. Generally, it is a blend of up to 20 herbs and spices such as cinnamon, turmeric, cloves, saffron, etc. The combination of these ingredients form the specific taste of curry. However, just because these herbs and spices, it makes people with Polycystic Kidney Disease can’t consume curry without limitation.

Too many spices in curry may cause some problems for PKD

Increased amounts of the ingredients may bring harmful side effects for individuals with Polycystic Kidney Disease.

1. Prompt the formation of kidney stone

The biggest adverse reaction that PKD patients eat curry is to increase the risk of kidney stone, which is a common complication of PKD. Turmeric in large dose can raise the urinary oxalate levels, thus leading to high risk of kidney stone formation.

2. Aggravate bleeding

Urinary tract infection, kidney cyst rupture and kidney stone removing through urinary tract all can lead to bleeding especially hematuria. In this condition, PKD patients are suggested to avoid curry, because this condiment is a natural blood thinner and can worsen patients’ bleeding.

3. Worsen gastrointestinal disorders

No matter which kidney disease you have, you are more likely to experience gastrointestinal disorders when your kidney function is damaged. Some doctors try to make their patients steer clear of curry, if patients have gastrointestinal disorders.

Besides, curry may also react with some medications like heparin. Because of these side effects, you had better ask the dietitian to adjust the amounts of herbs and spices in your curry, so you can consume it healthy.

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