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The Recommended Diet for ADPKD

The Recommended Diet for ADPKDADPKD refers to autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease which progresses slowly. A right diet plan can help slow down the progression of ADPKD, so patients are always recommended to follow a healthy diet plan.

To develop such a diet plan, patients should firstly figure out what foods to eat and avoid that can guide patients to arrange their meal plan by themselves.

Things to limit or avoid for ADPKD patients

When kidneys are affected by ADPKD, patients should reduce or stay away from animal proteins that will increase the burden on kidneys. Therefore, patients should choose foods rich in high-quality protein such as fish, egg white, milk, and so on.

Because high blood pressure is usually the first sign of polycystic kidney disease and sodium can worsen patients’ high blood pressure, ADPKD patients should control their sodium intake tightly. Generally, recommended intake of sodium is about 1,000~4,000 mg per day.

Caffeine is one substance that may increase the growth rate of kidney cysts easily, and it is often found in coffee, black tea, green tea, white tea, cola, chocolate, and so on. In addition to caffeine, beer may also stimulate the growth of kidney cysts. Thereby, patients have to avoid these foods and drinks in their daily life.

If kidneys are damaged severely by enlarged kidney cysts, patients should also limit the intake of foods and drinks high in potassium or phosphorus.

Things to add into ADPKD patients’ diet

To slow down the growth of ADPKD kidney cysts and protect the remaining kidney functioning tissues, patients are recommended to eat more foods as follow:

- High-quality protein

- Soy bean

- Unsaturated fatty acid

- Flaxseed or linseed

- High-fiber foods

- Low-fat diet full of fruits and vegetables

If patients still have enough urine, they are also suggested to drink more water, which can help remove more waste products and toxins from the body into urine.

To get a food list to eat and avoid in detail, you can consult the doctor online directly or email to

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