Individuals diagnosed with kidney disease are constantly looking for new ways to lower the progression rate of their polycystic kidney disease (PKD). Although, there are millions of other sources telling you to do this and that, we’re sharing some simple yet powerful information to help you reduce the acceleration of the kidney disease.
It turns out that staying away from salt or just maintaining a low sodium diet can help slow down the progression of PKD.
Today, Robert is referencing to a journal from the Kidney International Journal published in October 2020.
What is Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)?
PKD is an inherited disorder in which clusters of cysts develop in the kidneys. The cysts in PKD are noncancerous sacs containing water-like fluid. They can grow very large. Many people in this condition have kidney failure by age 60.
The research revealed that salt intake and PKD had an adverse bond. Results showed us that by lowering your salt intake every day to 2.3 grams a day or below (which is 2300 mg or less), you could significantly slow down the progression of the kidney disease.
This level is not hard to reach and you may still enjoy some salt and keep your sodium levels low.
This perhaps helped to slow down the growth of the cysts that come along with PKD where they damage the kidneys over time. A high level of salt intake is known to increase a hormone called vasopressin. Vasopressin is a hormone which if at a high level may tend to accelerate kidney disease. This same hormone is also used to treat diabetes insipidus.
One proven method to keep your vasopressin levels low is by avoiding salt or limiting salt as much as you can. We learned that salt is usually pretty bad for every type of kidney disease. Vasopressin with PKD has a direct correlation.
If you follow a high sodium diet, or if you’re looking for ways to slow down your kidney disease, you may want to change your meal plan a little. Next time you’re buying any packaged foods, make sure you’re buying the lowest sodium options you can find. You should opt for low sodium foods more than salty fried meals.
Another task that is really crucial for kidney disease sufferers is water intake. Water intake is very important for polycystic kidney disease. The more water the better as extra water in the body has shown to keep the vasopressin levels low. Doing this may also reduce the acceleration of cyst growth leading to the slowdown of PKD.
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