Diet for Patients with Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)

Diet for Patients with Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)

Diet for Patients with Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)

A kidney support diet is generally considered the best natural treatment for PKD. A well planned diet can have a real effect on slowing the progressing of the disease, controlling the symptoms of PKD and keeping your kidneys healthy for longer.

Follow a low-protein diet: kidneys are responsible for getting rid of urea which is a waste product produced by the protein metabolism. In order not to put a strain on the kidneys, low-protein diet is needed.

If PKD patients have high level of potassium, then foods with high level of potassium should be avoided. High-potassium foods include potatoes, acorn squash, tomatoes, broccoli, lentils and orange juice; low-potassium foods include onions, mushrooms and green peppers. If your phosphorus levels are high, milk, chocolate, beer, organ meats and cola drinks and other foods with high level of phosphorus should be avoided.

PKD patients should have a diet with low salt and low fat. They should avoid beef and mutton, animal innards as well as spicy and stimulating foods. It is best to avoid foods that contain higher amounts of oxalic acid, such as spinach, rhubarb, beets, eggplants and cocoa.

Uncooked and cold foods which may injure spleen and stomach should be limited into a certain amount according to patients’ individual illness condition.

Patients with PKD should take foods of balanced amount, not too much or too little. As for patients with PKD , they can have more meals a day but less food at each in order to keep energy and nutrition that body needs.

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