Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) is one condition where many fluid-filled cysts develop in kidneys. For people with PKD, they are often recommended to eat low oxalate foods, but few people know the reason. Today, we will talk about low oxalate foods and PKD.
Diet for PKD patients
The basic dietary requirements for PKD patients are to reduce their kidney burden and not stimulate the growth of kidney cysts. With the expansion of kidney cysts, patients are more likely to experience high blood pressure, back pain, hematuria, kidney stone, etc. All of these problems require PKD patients to develop such a diet plan, including:
- Low-salt foods
- Low-protein foods with high-quality protein
- Drink correct amount of water or cranberry juice
- Control the intake of coffee and alcohol
- Low-oxalate foods
Why do PKD patients need low-oxalate foods?
Normally, healthy kidneys are responsible for removing by-products of oxalate. However, for people with PKD, kidneys are unable to eliminate oxalate efficiently. Too much oxalate builds up in the body that can form kidney stone, while kidney stone is one common complication of Polycystic Kidney Disease. For this reason, PKD patients should consume low-oxalate foods.
Low-oxalate foods for PKD patients
If foods contain more than 10mg oxalate of the compound per serving, it means these foods are high in oxalate. In view of this, PKD patients had better make clear the content of oxalate before eating any food. In our daily life, leafy greens, some nuts, seeds, coffee, tea, chocolate, etc, are common foods or drinks high in oxalate. If you want to learn more about these foods, you can contact us by firstname.lastname@example.org.
Besides, some other foods can also help the body to remove excess oxalate by intestinal tract before absorbing. Fish oil is just one good choice. Therefore, PKD patients should also take in more this kind of foods.