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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.

Top 4 Forbidden Things for Polycystic Kidney Disease

2013-08-10 10:15

Top 4 Forbidden Things for Polycystic Kidney DiseaseBecause Polycystic Kidney Disease, compared with other kidney diseases, has some specific characteristics, patients may need to avoid some exercise, food or lifestyles in their daily life. The following are top 4 forbidden things for Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD).

Top 1: Foods to avoid

Just like other chronic kidney diseases, PKD patients should develop a low-salt, low-protein and rich-vitamin diet. Because much salt may cause or worsen high blood pressure and swelling, while excess protein can increase the burden on kidneys. Therefore, salted products, canned foods, processed foods, French fries, fat meat, etc, should be avoided.

Top 2: Drinks to limit

For PKD patients, it is the constant enlargement of kidney cysts that leads to the gradual loss of kidney function. Some drinks such as coffee, alcohol, sodas and beer may accelerate the aggravating rate of patients’ condition or enlarge these cysts. If you are a PKD patient, try to limit these drinks.

Top 3: Don’t do strenuous exercise

With the growth of fluid-filled cysts, strenuous exercise such as basketball, football and running is more likely to result in cyst rupture, thus causing a series of complications. Besides, exercise that involves bending or stretching actions is also not suitable for PKD patients, for example, yoga.

Top 4: Avoid excess sexual life

PKD patients especially the female have a high risk of urinary tract infection, both virus and bacterial. Excess sexual life can increase this risk. If you are among them, make sure your sexual life is safe an appropriate. In addition, don’t forget to urinate after sexual life, even though you are tired.


A healthy lifestyle and a well planned diet can help PKD patients control their condition largely. The above are just some of forbidden things, and many others should depend on patient’s individual condition. If you want to know more about these forbidden things or what things you can do, leave a message in the form below or send email to, so we can find your question easily and give you the answer in detail.

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