By maintaining the integrity of ones own personal DNA, this can squelch the second hit mechanism that causes an increase in cyst numbers and symptoms. Here are some things to try that might prevent or delay the onset of serious PKD symptoms. According to some recent medical articles, diet might be key to preventing symptoms from occurring. We await clinical trials to verify this. 40% of individuals with PKD never require dialysis or transplant. Many PKD'rs are striving to be included amongst these 40%. Additionally, no matter the stage of PKD, incorporating these suggestions has resulted in an improvement in ones overall sense of well-being. (Many have reported they simply feel better!)
Self monitor nightly urinary pH. 6.0 is good. 7.5 is a better urinary pH. Maintain alkalinity by eating an Alkaline Plant Based Whole Foods Diet with an abundance of locally grown in season produce geared toward kidney and liver health, i.e., alkaline fruits, vegetables, legumes.
1200 mg sodium diet. Prepare food yourself from fresh local ingredients. Add little salt to cooking. If you must add salt limit it to no more than one-eighth teaspoon per day of Himalayan Pink salt. Some have successfully tried (1) one teaspoon of solé in a full glass of water.
Neutral Protein Diet
Self monitor proteinuria. Eat a neutral protein diet or 0.6 grams protein/kilogram of body weight; this is neutral protein. To calculate your neutral protein, take your weight in pounds, divided by 2.2. Multiply this by 0.6 to get your daily neutral protein allotment. Here is a neutral chart and a protein chart of some common foods. Neutral protein is eating sufficient protein so what goes in, comes out. There is no excess.
Hydrate with plenty of water, possibly 3 liters per day or twice your daily urinary output.
Avoid kidney toxins
i.e., caffeine, methylparabens, aspirin, Tylenol, NSAIDs. kidney harmful foods. Limiting exposure to cyclic AMP triggers will diminish cyst growth. Some cyclic AMP triggers are caffeine, coffee, tea, chocolate.
Increase Kidney Blood Flow
(renal perfusion) through rest, decreasing stress. with gentle exercise, limit any trauma to cystic organs. Take antibiotics when necessary.
Maintain Blood pressure
Self monitor BP keeping it near 100/70 - 120/80. Should blood pressure rise or spike call your doctor. Elevated blood pressure can increase spontaneous cyst ruptures, strokes, cardiovascular disease and lower kidney functioning.
Eat iron rich fruits, vegetables with vitamin C foods to increase iron absorption: artichokes, garbanzo beans, lentils, morrel mushrooms, lemon grass, dried apricots, parsley are foods high in iron. Try to avoid milk, tea, coffee, or red wine, all known to be iron inhibitors.
and blood in urine. Self monitor proteinuria between doctor's visits.