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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.

Vitamin D and Polycystic Kidney Disease

2013-07-30 10:12

Vitamin D and Polycystic Kidney DiseaseVitamin D is an essential vitamin in our body for various uses. For people with Polycystic Kidney Disease, vitamin D plays an important role in maintaining patients’ condition. Today, we will introduce the link of vitamin D and Polycystic Kidney Disease.

Vitamin D

Normally, we do get enough vitamin D from the ultraviolet rays of the sun and foods what we eat. In our body, vitamin D is responsible for :

● Maintaining the level of calcium and phosphorus stable: When the calcium level is lower than the normal, vitamin D can stimulate the secretion of parathyroid hormone and prompt phosphorus to eliminate from the body via urine.

● Lowering hypertension: Vitamin D can be used by accessory thyroid glands to regulate calcium level in the blood, while calcium can help lower high blood pressure.

● Building strong bones: Vitamin D is one special vitamin that can help stop bones from becoming weak or malformed, and prevent rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults.

● Keeping a healthy immune system and fighting against heart disease and cancer.

Vitamin D and Polycystic Kidney Disease

For healthy people, their body can activate vitamin D into its usable form of 1.25-dihydroxyvitamin D in kidneys. However, with Polycystic Kidney Disease, enlarged kidney cysts can damage their surrounding tissues and replace kidney function gradually. Then, patients are more likely to have one disorder, called vitamin D deficiency, because of renal insufficiency. As a result, PKD patients may develop low calcium level, high phosphorus level, rickets, osteomalacia and so on.

If you have Polycystic Kidney Disease and present symptoms of vitamin D deficiency, you can consult the doctor to take some vitamin D supplements, thus treating your healthy problems. Foods high in vitamin D such as cod liver oil and tuna and some medications are useful. Ask the doctor which one is suitable for you to supply vitamin D.

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