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What shouldn't i eat/drink if i have polycystic kidney disease?

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Dr. Jason Cogdill
Nephrology and Dialysis 17 years experience
Consistency : Make healthy decisions: low sodium diet, exercise, no tobacco, and be consistent. Take prescribed medications, control blood pressure, avoid all nsaids, if diabetic manage it well, and like everyone it helps to have a little bit of good luck too. Get a nephrologist (kidney doctor) who will look for ways to slow/prevent loss of kidney function, and if needed prepare for end stage kidney disease.

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A 37-year-old female asked:

Is it ok to drink gatorade when u have polycystic kidney disease?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Yap
Nephrology and Dialysis 14 years experience
Depends: If you have PKD without any effects of chronic kidney disease i.e. difficulty balancing potassium (to the point where it gets high), then you should be fine. If you have had issues with your potassium levels being high, then I would recommend not drinking the sports drink.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Could polycystic kidney disease be cured?

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Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Not cured: Other than by kidney transplant. Polycystic kidney disease is not universally fatal. Impaired kidney function can be controlled for a long time by diet ; control of hypertension if present. Occasionally symptomatic cysts can be marsupialised laparoscopically. But, as yet, there is no medical treatment to eliminate the cysts. Many require eventual dialysis or transplant.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What is polycystic kidney disease?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Quresh Khairullah
Nephrology and Dialysis 42 years experience
See below: Polycystic kidney disease is a inherited disease in which fluid filled cavities ranging from microscopic to larger sizes upto 10-15 cm occur in the kidneys, causing them to grow very big and loose function. The patients may have no symptoms or present with blood in urine and sometimes kidney pain.Besides controlling high blood pressure there is no definitive treatment yet.Many studies are ongoing.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What is the cause of polycystic kidney disease?

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Dr. Ashu Syal
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 30 years experience
Cause- unknown: Exact etiology for PKD unknown. Some researchers swear that genetics plays a big role-- hence ADPKD and ARPKD ( autosomal dominant type and recessive type). But then there are other tapers not genetically oriented. Some hypothesize-- something goes wrong in signaling at cellular level during renal development--- pronephro/ mesonephros/ metabephros stages!

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