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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.

Anemia and PKD: Treatment and Diet

2013-05-26 10:00

Anemia and PKD: Treatment and DietPeople with Polycystic Kidney Disease usually don’t have anemia unless their condition has developed moderate or end stage where kidney functioning cells become damaged from enlarged cysts. Well then, lack of energy urges these patients to find out how to cope with anemia in PKD through treatment and healthy diet.

How severe is anemia for people with PKD?

We know the healthy kidneys can secrete erythropoietin (EPO) that tells the body to make more red cells. However, when kidney functioning cells are damaged by large cysts, they can’t produce enough EPOE any more, resulting in anemia.

If left uncorrected, anemia will puts an extra strain on the heart muscle and make heart pump harder to get lower oxygenated blood circulated throughout the body. This harder pumping action can lead to LVH, which is one cause of death of individuals with Polycystic Kidney Disease. From this analysis, we can know it is necessary to cope with anemia timely, not only because anemia leads to fatigue, but also because it may be life-threatening.

How to treat anemia in PKD?

Firstly, developing a nutritional diet plan is very important. Generally, foods rich in iron and vitamin B can help ease patients’ anemia. Egg white, milk, lean meat, tomato, red dates, black fungus, etc, are all conducive for remitting anemia. For such a food list in detail, you can consult the online doctor directly for free.

Then, a natural treatment is needed. Since anemia is due to damaged kidney functioning cells caused by enlarged kidney cysts, the effective treatment should be the one that can not only repair damaged cells but also shrink all kidney cysts. Herbal medicines, compared with western medicine, have an outstanding superiority of prompting the regeneration of new tissues and treating chronically progressive disease as well as Polycystic Kidney Disease. In recent years, more and more people with anemia and PKD prefer to use herbal medicines to improve their kidney function and reverse their condition.

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