For people with Polycystic Kidney Disease, learning what to eat and how to eat can be their major concerns. If you are not clear about this issue, we sincerely hope the following diet tips can be helpful.
After careful research, experts in this field and dietitians of our center have come up with these tips:
Moderate intake of protein
Mostly, PKD patients need to limit the intake of protein within 0.6-0.8g/kg per day, in this way, the workload of diseased kidneys can be decreased; If the condition is a little bit serious, the consumption can be lowered to 0.4g/kg per day; If the patient is on dialysis, the quantity should be increased(1.0-1.2g/kg per day) to meet the nutritional needs of the body. In the meanwhile, they can eat some high-quality protein foods, which can be found in egg white, fish, chicken, milk and so on. Wanna to get a personalized advice, please click the Live Doctor now!
Eat less salt
Limit the consumption of salt can help alleviate elevated blood pressure and swelling, which can be commonly seen in this genetic disorder. Thereby, patients should stay away from pickled products, bacon, salted foods, etc.
Follow a low potassium diet if there is high potassium level
Due to a drop in kidney function, extra potassium will build up in the body. If your test report show high potassium level, you need to eat less potassium-rich foods. If not controlled well, irregular heart beat or heart failure may occur. Generally, foods like banana and spinach are loaded with potassium. Similarly, if there is high levels of phosphorus in blood, phosphorus-rich foods also need to be restricted.
Except for the above tips, patients should adjust the intake of water according to the specific condition. In the meantime, they had better stay way from alcohol, coffee and other stimulating foods.
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