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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.

Potassium Intake and Polycystic Kidney Disease

2013-06-14 15:16

Potassium Intake and Polycystic Kidney DiseaseMany PKD patients complain that even though they have read quite a number of papers, they still don’t clearly know whether they should avoid high-potassium food. Today, we are here to tell them the potassium intake suitable for people with Polycystic Kidney Disease.

Potassium is an important mineral in our body that controls nerve and muscle function. Abnormal potassium level either low or high can cause healthy problem easily. For people with kidney disease, low potassium level is rare, so their doctor usually makes a low-potassium diet for them. However, this situation will be a little different for people with Polycystic Kidney Disease, because PKD patients in different stages need different amounts of potassium intake.

Take more potassium in early stage PKD

In early stage PKD, kidney cysts are quite small that don’t affect kidney function, so patients’ kidneys can still eliminate potassium normally. In view of this, enough intake of potassium is good for these patients, because potassium can function as an important factor in preventing and lowering high blood pressure by curing the part of salt in unbalancing standard blood demand.

Generally, the recommended daily intake of potassium for adults with PKD but normal kidney function is about 4.7g per day. You can tell the online doctor your diet plan, so that they can help you measure how much potassium you are taking every day.

Limit or avoid the high-potassium foods in advanced PKD

If your condition has developed into end stage, it means a large part of your kidney tissues have been replaced by enlarged kidney cysts. Here, excessive potassium is more likely to build up in the body and cause hyperkalemia, so you should limit the intake of potassium to avoid more severe complications such as heart failure and sudden death. Banana, kiwi fruit, papaya, sweet potatoes, watermelon, etc, all belong to high-potassium foods, so you had better avoid them.

Making a correct diet plan and correcting the intake of potassium is very necessary for you, no matter which stage you are at.

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