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Polycystic Kidney Disease and Alcohol

2012-09-17 18:00

Polycystic Kidney Disease is a typical inherited kidney disease. Alcohol is a common drink. Is alcohol a good or a bad drink for Polycystic Kidney Disease?

Can I drink alcohol with Polycystic Kidney Disease?

There have no studies looking at alcohol’s effects on the development of Polycystic Kidney Disease. However, many doctors are not suggested to take alcohol, especially your kidney cysts are enlarging. They explain in this way:

Alcohol increases your chances to develop high blood pressure. The elevated blood pressure can accelerate the kidney function decline in Polycystic Kidney Disease patients.

As it is known that high blood pressure is a common complication of Polycystic Kidney Disease. If you have already had Hypertension, alcohol may interfere with the medications that you are taking and make it harder to control your blood pressure.

High blood pressure is absolutely leading cause to damage your kidneys. Regular alcohol consumption usually overloads your poor kidneys. Thereby, if you happen to be a person with PKD, you are suggested to quick alcohol.

If you are otherwise healthy or have a stable and high kidney function, you may enjoy the occasional drink after communication with your doctor.

Other drinks that PKD patient should avoid, including:

- Coffee, such as generic instant, Dunkin donuts brewed, generic brewed, Starbucks Vanilla Latte

- Colas

- Nestea iced tea, black tea, Lipton Brisk Lemon iced tea

- Soft drinks, such as Pepsi, 7 Up, Sprite, Fanta, Mug Root Beer

- Red Bull energy drink

- Other drinks containing alcohol or caffeine

The drinks mentioned above usually contain alcohol or caffeine, both of which can increase the cyst growth in size and in number. If you wonder whether your favorite drinks are good or bad for your PKD, you can have a talk with your dietitian.

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