Managing Your Kidney Health

Your healthcare provider can help you decide what lifestyle and diet changes could help you better manage ADPKD.

These tips are not intended to replace the medical advice of your healthcare provider.

Do

  • Eat a heart-healthy diet with fruits, vegetables, antioxidants, and high-fiber carbs that are low in sodium

  • Exercise regularly to improve blood pressure, sleep, heart health, bone mass, and more

  • Drink lots of water to avoid dehydration

  • Take medications as directed by your doctor and check with your healthcare provider before you make a change

  • Pay attention to your body so you can respond quickly and correctly to any issues

  • Keep all your appointments for scheduled checkups and routine testing

Don't

  • Gain too much weight. Being overweight can put a strain on your kidneys and cause your blood pressure to rise. High blood pressure may cause damage to your kidneys

  • Consume food or drinks that contain caffeine. They may cause cysts in your kidneys to grow

  • Use nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) over a long period of time as they can cause damage to the kidneys

  • Smoke. It may cause your blood pressure to rise, which can cause damage to your kidneys

  • Consume food or drinks that contain excess sodium as this may cause your blood pressure to increase. High blood pressure may cause damage to your kidneys

  • Get dehydrated. It is important to drink lots of water to avoid dehydration. When a person has ADPKD, the body does not respond to dehydration the same way as someone without ADPKD

TREATMENT OPTIONS TO DISCUSS WITH YOUR DOCTOR

Treatments that can help manage health problems associated with ADPKD include:

Keeping your blood pressure under control can help manage the effects of ADPKD. If you have high blood pressure, your healthcare provider may prescribe medication to help keep it under control

Pain around the kidneys can be caused by several things. These include cyst infections, bleeding cysts, kidney stones, or stretching of the tissue around the kidneys as cysts grow. Your healthcare provider may prescribe pain medication or surgery to temporarily shrink your kidneys. Urinary tract infections are also common and often require treatment

Because the kidneys are essential for life, people with end-stage renal disease have two options to replace kidney function: dialysis and kidney transplant. Dialysis is when a machine filters waste products from the blood, substituting for the normal function of the kidneys

Because the kidneys are essential for life, people with end-stage renal disease have two options to replace kidney function: dialysis and kidney transplant. Removing damaged kidneys and replacing them with healthy kidneys has become a common and successful procedure