Drinking More Water Could Improve Polycystic Kidney Disease Symptoms, Study Shows

A new study has a little hope for those with polycystic kidney disease (PKD). Patients can benefit simply by increasing their water intake and this could lead to a long term reduction in kidney cyst growth and fibrosis. PKD is the most common form of inherited kidney disease in which fluid filled cysts damage normal tissue on the kidneys, causing damage. If left untreated high blood pressure, heart problems and kidney failure can occur.

The kidneys are the body’s filters of the bloodstream, removing waste and toxins from the blood and allowing the body to expel them through urine. When the kidneys are unable to do this for a long period of time, the person has chronic kidney disease. The wastes and toxins build up in the bloodstream and can begin to damage and destroy other organs as well as cause a person to develop diabetes.

Researchers found the water intake increase only has to be moderate. Additionally, the
increased water can reduce hypertension. Current treatments for PKD are limited, so this opens up a new avenue for patients. Researchers emphasis more tests have to be done to determine how effective this is. And, if you’d like more tips on how to improve kidney function naturally…be sure to check out our Pinterest.