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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.

Factors that Affect Polycystic Kidney Disease Life Expectancy

2013-03-24 10:59

Polycystic Kidney Disease life expectancy is susceptible to many factors, so having a good management about these factors will be helpful for PKD patients to live a batter life in future.

1. Treatment method

Treatment method is the number one factor of Polycystic Kidney Disease life expectancy. With right treatment method, cysts in kidney can be shrunk and further kidney damages can be avoided, at least delayed, to some extent. According to survey, most of the PKD patients are treated with medications that focus on remitting symptoms like high blood pressure, proteinuria and blood urine and so on. These medications are necessary and show obvious treatment effects within limited time; however, once patients stop taking or reduce the dose of medicines, symptoms reappear. As a matter of fact, Polycystic Kidney Disease symptoms occur because of the decreased kidney function which resulted from enlarged and increased cysts in kidney, so if we want to alleviate these symptoms from the root, we must treat cysts in kidney. Only when these cysts stop damaging surrounding kidney tissues, can further kidney damages be prevented effectively.

2. Good control about symptoms

For Polycystic Kidney Disease patients who have a good control about their symptoms always have a good life expectancy than these who leave their symptoms alone. Although simple control about PKD symptoms can not stop the disease, but it can help to slow down the progression of Polycystic Kidney Disease. Therefore, if you can get all your symptoms under control, you will suffer from kidney failure later than many other patients and of course, your life expectancy can be improved.

3. Diet

What we eat affect our physical condition directly and for Polycystic Kidney Disease, if they want to have a better life expectancy, they need to adjust their diet on the basis of their illness condition. In general, Polycystic Kidney Disease patients need to limit protein intake, salt intake and phosphorus intake if lab tests show there is high levels of phosphorus in their blood. Besides, PKD patients suffer from low potassium level easily, so trying to eat foods like banana and spinach with high potassium will be beneficial for them to improve their life expectancy.

Polycystic Kidney Disease life expectancy can be affected by so many factors, so only with overall measures, can it be improved effectively.

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