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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 Patients with Polycystic Kidney Disease(PKD) Eat Chocolate

2013-09-11 13:53

Can Patients with Polycystic Kidney Disease(PKD) Eat ChocolateFor patients with Polycystic Kidney Disease(PKD), they should understand that diet management play an important role in the whole treatment. Generally, they are suggested to limit the consumption of chocolate. And it is reported that it may elevate blood pressure, enlarge kidney cysts and aggravate kidney damage.

Chocolate increase blood pressure

Chocolate is derived from cacao, and it contains many substances that act as stimulants, such as theobromine and caffeine. Both of the two substances can increase blood pressure levels, and that is why chocolate is the a bad choice for patients with PKD or hypertension.

Chocolate can quicken the growth of cysts

Chocolate contains a substance called caffeine, for which it can increase the quantity of protein cyclic AMP. Actually, it can not only cause the growth of cysts in size but also in numbers. And this is usually the fundamental reason why PKD patients are suggested to limit the consumption of chocolate.

Chocolate is rich in phosphorus

The kidneys in our body work as blood-cleaners, they can not only remove the metabolic products but also maintain the balance of water and electrolytes, such as potassium and phosphorus.

Chocolate is abundant in phosphorus, and excessive consumption of foods that are high in phosphorus will lead to serious conditions. Gradually, it will lead to the loss of calcium from the bones, which make the bones vulnerable to fractures.

Except for the above contents, there are also some foods that you should pay attention to in daily life. Such as fermentive foods, the internal organs of animals and spicy foods. For more detailed information, you can directly email

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