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Polycystic Kidney Disease and eating paleo

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 18, 2010 at 11:59 PM

I have a friend who recently found out she has Polycystic Kidney Disease and she is interested in eating paleo. Does anyone else have that disease and what kind of foods would you suggest she eats? What would a meal plan look like?

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on September 19, 2010
at 11:03 PM

thanks a lot, I'm sure this can help!

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on September 19, 2010
at 11:35 AM

This is a tough one. I suspect no one wants to answer because the disease can be so serious and we are not doctors nor specialists. If it was me, I would research everything on the disease and consult with several nephrologists on likely preferred macronutrient profiles before deciding on a meal plan. Then you can pick out paleo foods according to that advice and make a gradual switchover so as not to shock the system too much all at once.

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on September 19, 2010
at 07:32 PM

You can refer your friend to the Evolutional Medicine Forum which is owned by Dr. Tourgeman, a Nephrologist..Kidney Doc....located in Fort Lauderdale. He has lots of good postings listed by topic on the right side of his blog. A patient of his..BillyE also posts on the forum. http://nephropal.blogspot.com/

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on September 19, 2010
at 11:03 PM

thanks a lot, I'm sure this can help!

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on October 04, 2011
at 03:47 PM

I also have PKD, so I know this is a tough one.

The first thing your friend should do is have her renal function evaluated, if she hasn't already. If her renal function is good, she should be able to eat a fairly standard Paleo diet, perhaps with a bit less protein than usual. My nephrologist recommends 0.8-1.0 grams of protein per kg of body weight.

She'd also be wise to go heavy on colorful, nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables. If her blood pressure is high (usually an early symptom of PKD), she should try a lower-sodium, higher-potassium diet, assuming she's not on medications that raise her potassium levels.

Overall, the Paleo diet is a good, if unconventional choice for folks with PKD. Emphasize the fresh fruit and veggie aspects of it (no grains, of course) and scale protein consumption with renal function. Increase fat and good carb consumption to make up for lower protein calories.

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on September 19, 2010
at 05:02 PM

From what I have found doctors recommend a low protein and low salt diet. They talk about using soy protein and low fat diets for preventing obesity though. However there is little evidence that either of these work. I think that maybe she should be eating high quality meat and organ meats in reasonable portions. I just wonder if there is anything wrong with eating normal paleo for her.

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