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Exercises and Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)

Exercises and Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) causes multiple cysts, fluid-filled pockets, to form on the kidneys and replace renal tissues, resulting in the kidneys' swollen up or even failure. If you or your beloved one have been diagnosed with this disease, one way to help the body is to exercise.

Recommended types of exercises for people with PKD

1. Running, walking, swimming, biking, golfing and rowing are recommended to help you stay as healthy as possible.

2. Mind-body workouts including Tai Chi, yoga, and stretching are also beneficial. These types of physical activities can help relieve stress and control blood pressure due largely to their emphasis on concentrated breathing and relaxation. Add 2-3 sessions of mind-body workouts to your fitness routine.

Types of exercises that should be avoided

a. Avoid contact sports like football, basketball, as a blow to the enlarged kidneys may lead to further impairment, including burst or rupture of cysts.

b. Repetitive impacts sports like cross-country biking and horseshoe riding are suggested to avoided.


Always stay well hydrated and drink lots of water while exercising, as PKD have trouble retaining water. Drinks that contain caffeine should be avoided, because they may increase the size of kidney cysts. Avoid high salt content drinks. For more information about list about proper drinks for PKD, please email to

Besides living a healthy lifestyle, treatments are also necessary to avoid Kidney Failure. Refer to the following articles for more information:  Natural Treatment for Polycystic Kidney Disease to Prevent Kidney Failure  Herbal Cure for Polycystic Kidney Disease

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