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How To Live With PKD Healthily

2015-03-20 06:41

How To Live With PKD HealthilyA healthy lifestyle can help patients control the symptoms and delay the progression of polycystic kidney disease (PKD). Well, how you should do to live healthily with PKD?

Normalize blood pressure

Keep blood pressure within normal levels will help slow the progression of PKD and reduce damage to the kidneys. Following a diet low in fat and sodium may help lower the blood pressure. In addition, blood pressure medications may be also needed. People with PKD need to have an annual physical exam, including a measurement of blood pressure and urinalysis.

Follow a healthy diet

A diet low in protein is suggested. The recommended daily sodium intake should be less than 3,000 milligrams in order to keep a healthy level of blood pressure. Recommended amount of nutrients varies with the progression of PKD. A renal dietitian can help to pan a diet that meets personalized nutrition.

Proper exercise

Proper exercise is an important part of dealing with the disease, but contact sports are discouraged. Any activity that can potentially cause renal trauma or injury should be avoided. While it is important for everyone to drink plenty of water during exercise, it is particularly important for PKD patients. How much water you need depends on the stage of the disease and whether people are receiving dialysis. Our online doctor can help you follow a proper water intake.

Body weight and PKD

Being underweight or overweight can stress the body and accelerate the progression of the disease. Thus, it is of great importance to maintain a healthy weight. Choose low-impact sports such as swimming, tennis and golf. Avoid basketball, football or boxing, etc.

Approximately 60% of those with PKD will develop into kidney failure by their 60s. Dialysis and kidney transplant are treatment options for kidney failure. Through a cure for PKD is not yet available, leading a healthy lifestyle can help slow down the progression of PKD.

We hope you go to a specialized kidney disease hospital and take treatment as soon as possible. If you have any question or doubt, please email to kidneycares@hotmail.com or consult our online doctor directly. We will reply you quickly.

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