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The Proper Diet Helps Slow The Progression Of Polycystic Kidney Disease

Time:  2014-02-08 03:45

The Proper Diet Help Slow The Progression Of Polycystic Kidney DiseaseAlthough there is no cure for polycystic kidney disease yet, proper diet can slow Polycystic Kidney Disease(PKD). A well balanced and planned diet is able to control the symptoms of PKD, keeping your kidneys healthy for longer. Eating right before you show any symptoms is the most important and effective way to use diet to slow the progression of PKD. The following are dietary tips for you.

1. Low protein intake

Your liver breaks down protein, and it will produce a waste, called urea. The kidneys are responsible for getting rid of urea. If kidneys are injured, excess protein in your diet will put a strain on the kidneys. Therefore, for PKD patients, 0.8 grams of protein per kilo of body weight is the recommended daily allowance. What’s more, you should also eat less meat, cheese, and even a little less of the higher protein beans and legumes like chickpeas and lentils.

2. Eat some soy

A study published in the Journal Of the American Society Of Nephrology showed that soy protein can slow the progression of PKD. And soy protein is able to lower kidney weight and fewer cysts.

3. Keep balanced electrolytes

Electrolytes are essential minerals in the body, such as calcium, sodium, potassium and magnesium. In normal case, kidneys can keep these in balance. Most people get too much salt from their diet, which will disorder the balance. This is the reason why so many polycystic kidney disease patients have high blood pressure. Therefore, a low salt diet is recommended for PKD patients. In your diet, you can use garlic powder, onion powder or other herbs and spices rather than salt. Try to use less of sauces like ketchup and soy sauce. What’s more, processed foods, canned foods and cheese and other high salted foods should also be avoided.

4. Eat flax oil

Flax seed oil is also able to help ease the symptoms of PKD. Flax oil is a major source of a group of fatty acids(omega-3-fatty acids) which are thought to have anti-hypertensive, lipid-lowering and anti-inflammatory effects. All of these healthy benefits can help with PKD.

Following a right renal diet is more likely to delay the need for dialysis or kidney transplant. If you have been diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease or you suspect you may carry the disease gene, you can talk with our online free doctor for right diet to keep your kidney healthy for decades to come.

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