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Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) Protein Intake

Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) Protein IntakePolycystic Kidney Disease, or PKD in short as it is more commonly known, is a genetic disorder. According to statistics, every 1 in 400 people all across the world get diagnosed with this disease. 50% of the patients who reach age 60 experience Kidney Failure. This increases to 85% of patients who reach age 70. Dietary changes can help improve the overall health of most people with this disorder, possibly preventing further deterioration. Here, we will talk about PKD protein intake.

Eat a diet low in protein is suggested to people with PKD and try to keep the amount no more than 0.8 grams per kilo of body weight (0.4 grams per pound). This is because:

Proteins take longer for the kidneys to process. Once it is done, the waste product is called urea. It is the kidneys' basic work to help discharge the urea out of the body. Therefore, larger protein intake will produce larger quantities of urea. This is put more burden to the Polycystic Kidneys.

Food choices

Avoid high-protein content foods including all types of meat and chicken. Limit the intake of legumes, corn, groundnuts, and certain beans like lentils and chickpeas.

Refer to avocado and olive oil because they contain healthy fats. Eat more high fruits and vegetables including bananas, papaya, pomegranate, cabbage, broccoli, spinach, etc. Grains are ok for people with PKD, as they help in compensating for the calories loss. Fermented soy such as miso, tofu and tempeh should become an inseparable part of the renal diet.

A well-balanced low protein diet can help prevent PKD from occurring as well as prevent it from getting worse if it has already been diagnosed. This diet has helped patients avoid Dialysis for many years. For more information, please leave a message in the below.

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