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Doctor insights on: Healthy Diet For Polycystic Kidney Disease Pkd Patients

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I have polycystic kidney disease PKD diagnosed when i was 14 now i'm 34 i don't take any meds just living a healthy lifestyle. Is there any meds?

I have polycystic kidney disease PKD diagnosed when i was 14 now i'm 34 i don't take any meds just living a healthy lifestyle. Is there any meds?

Pkd: Adjust diet significantly. Avoid saturated fats. Minimize animal protein to 30 grams per day. Minimize salt. Avoid caffeine. Drink 4 liters of fluid per day. Achieve ideal body weight. Do not smoke. Control blood pressure to 130/80. Avoid trauma. Avoid infection. Soy and omega 3 help daily. Taking ACE inhibitors can help and low dose statin can help. Taking tolvaptan can help but with side effect ...Read more

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Dr. Pam Yoder
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Healthy Diet (Definition)

Pregnant women should eat a balanced, nutritional diet and increase their calorie intake to meet the needs of the developing fetus and their changing bodies. Eating a range of wholesome and nutritious foods during pregnancy is one of the most important things that women can do to ensure the normal development and growth of the fetus, and it can help to prevent prematurity and low birth weight. For the mother, good nutrition helps to prevent anemia, ...Read more


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If I have polycystic kidney disease (pkd), should I be using creatine?

If I have polycystic kidney disease (pkd), should I be using creatine?

Creatinine: Creatinine is muscle break down product, extremely useful in measuring renal function as kidneys help excrete it so obviously it builds up in body in renal failure as kidneys cannot get rid of it anymore. It does not have any function-- whatsoever-- to perform--- in maintaining or deteriorating renal health! However--- the bulkier the muscle mass-- the more is stress on kidneys in getting rid of i ...Read more

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What are the financial costs of treating polycystic kidney disease (pkd)?

What are the financial costs of treating polycystic kidney disease (pkd)?

Depends: It depends on how bad it is. If you go into complete renal failure and require dialysis or renal transplant the finanicial costs will be much greater than if your kidney function holds out. ...Read more

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How would I go about getting a genetic test for polycystic kidney disease (pkd) to see if I might pass it on?

How would I go about getting a genetic test for polycystic kidney disease (pkd) to see if I might pass it on?

See your doctor: The best place to start is with your primary care physician. A very thorough family history and an ultrasound will help determine if you have pkd. You will need to see a nephrologist and maybe a geneticist to determine what kind of PKD you have. The risk of passing PKD to your children depends on getting the correct diagnosis. Genetic testing would usually be ordered by one of those specialists. ...Read more

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I had polycystic kidney disease for 2 yrs, can stem cell treat pkd, what to do?

I had polycystic kidney disease for 2 yrs, can stem cell treat pkd, what to do?

No stem cell for PKD: As far as I know, stem cell therapy has not been approved for PKD treatment. There are some clinical trials (but not stem cell) is underway. You should maintain healthy life styles, avoid/stop smoking, and avoid dehydration. Prevent & control of blood pressure & diabetes. Check kidney function & imaging (US or MRI) periodically as recommended by your doctor. ...Read more

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Does drinking a lot of water slow cyst development in polycystic kidney disease patients?

Does drinking a lot of water slow cyst development in polycystic kidney disease patients?

No: Nothing has been proven to slow cyst development. There are drugs undergoing trials; octreotide, Everolimus and tolvaptan all working on different systems that are promising. Adpkd patients are told to drink fluids to decrease the risk of stone formation and utis, the kidneys are very large urine collects in larger areas with slower flow making these complications more likely. ...Read more

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Could many itching spots on the back (extant for several years) be caused by the patient having polycystic kidney disease (ckd stage 3a)?

Could many itching spots on the back (extant for several years) be caused by the patient having polycystic kidney disease (ckd stage 3a)?

Not likely,,,: Polycystic kidney disease is characterized by flank pain, hematuria (blood in urine), urinary tract infection in 30s and 40s, and hypertension. Also cysts in the kidney and liver as well as berry aneurysms in the brain are characteristic. There are apparent no skin lesions that characterize this disease, unless they're due to whatever causes the urinary tract infections. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What to do if I have 4-month old girl patient with polycystic kidney disease.w/o genetic studies, how do I know w/c type?

What to do if I have 4-month old girl patient with polycystic kidney disease.w/o genetic studies, how do I know w/c type?

Polycystic kidneys: You have a wonderful children's hospital in Philadelphia. Call their urology department for help with your infant daughter.Their genetics department will also bevery helpful ...Read more

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Is there a diet to follow for polycystic kidney disease? I have normal function. My father & brother both went into kidney failure @ 50. I'm 45.

Is there a diet to follow for polycystic kidney disease? I have normal function. My father & brother both went into kidney failure @ 50. I'm 45.

ADPKD: YES! Diet should be low salt, low animal protein (30-40 grams per day maximum), very low saturated fat, higher polyunsaturated fats are ok,and high intake of fruit and vegetables. Avoid simple carbs and sugars as much as possible. Drink 4 to 5 liters of fluid per day. Avoid caffeine. Do not smoke. Achieve ideal body weight. 80-90 percent of food should be fruit and veg ...Read more

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Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


Kidney (Definition)

The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more