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Can People with PKD Eat Chocolate

Can People with PKD Eat ChocolateFor people with PKD, they usually have such a doubt: Can I eat chocolate? And today we will talk about this issue.

As a genetic disease, Polycystic Kidney Disease is mainly characterized by numerous fluid-filled cysts in the kidneys. And until now, there is no cure for this disorder. Well, proper diet can help delay its progression to some extent. However, experts at our Huaxia Kidney Disease Hospital do not think that chocolate is a good choice. As chocolate may lead to the following adverse effects:

Elevate blood pressure

It is known that chocolate is derived from cacao, and it contains substances like theobromine and caffeine. And they all can increase blood pressure level.

Quicken the growth of cysts

Study shows that caffeine in chocolate can lead to the production of protein cyclic AMP, which is an inducing factor of enlarged cysts( not only in sizes but also quantities).

Aggravate kidney damage

Kidneys in our body can filter waste products and toxins out of the blood. In addition, they can help maintain the balance of water and electrolytes, such as potassium and phosphorus.

Chocolate is rich in phosphorus, and eating too much chocolate can lead to serious consequences. Without reasonable control, there will be loss of calcium from the bones.

Except for chocolate, there are also some foods that you should be restricted. Such as, processed foods, soups, coffee, cola, internal organs of animals, etc. However, as the illness condition varies, the specific amount should be different. If you are interested in this, please email us:kidneyfight@hotmail.com and we are glad to offer help.

If you have been diagnosed with PKD, we really hope this article can be helpful. For more detailed information, you can feel free to consult with our online doctor. Good luck!

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