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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.

Foods to Help Treat Polycystic Kidney Disease

2013-07-15 10:38

Foods to Help Treat Polycystic Kidney DiseaseNo matter how your condition is, foods you eat always play an important role in keeping your health. For people with Polycystic Kidney Disease, a correct diet plan can assist the medical treatment largely. Today, follow me to find out correct foods to help treat Polycystic Kidney Disease.

With Polycystic Kidney Disease, numerous cysts, sometimes up to several hundreds, develop in kidneys. As these cysts enlarge, some symptoms and discomforts will occur. The enlargement of PKD cysts and the onset of PKD symptoms are two risks for the progression of PKD. Therefore, foods that are recommended to treat PKD must be able to slow down the progression of PKD.

- Dietary soy protein

Low protein is usually the general requirement for people with kidney disease, but soy protein is something that people with PKD may want to try. This is because soy protein can help lower blood pressure and slow the growth of kidney cysts. Among these foods, traditional fermented soy products such as miso and tofu should be avoided.

- Omega-3 fatty acid

Omega-3 fatty acid has an effect of extending blood vessels and antithrombosis, which is one important factor to worsen PKD patients’ condition. In addition, Omega-3 fatty acid can also help lower blood pressure and cholesterol level. Therefore, foods, which are good sources of omega-3 fatty acid, can help slow down the progression of PKD.

- Foods rich in flavonoid, vitamin C or β-carotene

The above three substances are considered as antioxidants, so they can help prevent kidney cyst infections, fight against inflammation and protect kidney from attacking. In view of this, people with Polycystic Kidney Disease can consume some foods high in flavonoid, vitamin C or β-carotene every day.


Now, we have known what foods can help treat Polycystic Kidney Disease. In fact, finding out what foods PKD patients should avoid is also very necessary. If you want to get a food list that tells you what foods can eat or not eat, you can describe your illness condition to us, and then we can send you a food list in detail. Leave a message or consult the online doctor. Either is OK.

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