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Why Do PKD Patients Have High Cholesterol and High Triglyceride

Provided by Expert Yang Hongtao on : 2014-02-08 13:33

Why Do PKD Patients Have High Cholesterol and High TriglycerideDifferent from high blood pressure and flank pain, high cholesterol and high triglyceride are not so common for patients with Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD). However, if they occur, they may trigger more severe complications such as heart disease and diabetes. Thereby, it is necessary to make clear why PKD patients have these two problems and then accept effective treatments.

High cholesterol and high triglyceride

In our body, there are two kinds of lipids: one is fat that mainly consists of triglyceride, and the other is called adipoid including phospholipids, glycolipids and cholesterol. Normally, our body uses them for energy or building biological membrane. For healthy adults, cholesterol level is under 200mg/dl, while triglyceride is less than 150mg/dl. If they are higher than the normal value, it means high cholesterol and triglyceride appears.

Can Polycystic Kidney Disease cause high cholesterol and high triglyceride?

Yes, it can. For PKD patients, numerous sac-fluid cysts develop in kidneys. With the increase of kidney cyst’s number and size, they will compress their surrounding kidney tissues and adjacent organs. Then, kidney function level, or GFR, reduces gradually. Besides, high blood pressure is also one reason for the decline of kidney function.

When kidneys can’t play their function properly, metabolic disorders will occur easily. High cholesterol and high triglyceride are just signs of metabolic disorders and deposits of lipid in the blood. High blood pressure can also induce high triglyceride. Besides medical disease, unhealthy eating or living habits may also provoke these two problems. For example, drink alcohol and eat animal giblets.

How to lower high cholesterol and high triglyceride for PKD patients?

Based on the above analysis, the treatment should begin from a healthy diet plan and lifestyle. Then, some treatments that can shrink kidney cysts and improve kidney function level are needed. Here, we are unable to give out personalized advices, since different patients have different illness condition. If you want to get individual advices, you can describe your medical condition in the below form. Then, we will send our advice to you in 24 hours.


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