How Does Alcohol Affect Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)
A healthy diet can help PKD patients slow the progression of disease and make the kidneys work better. Patients with PKD can not eat whatever they like any more. Sometimes, some PKD patients want to drink some glasses of wine, but they don’t know how the alcohol intake affects the disease?
For common people, right amount of alcohol intake can reduce the risk of heart disease. Red wine is considered to contain substances which are protective to heart and blood vessels. However, in spite of this, alcohol can not be considered as a way to prevent disease. Too much of alcohol can do great harm to people’s health. For PKD patients, they had better avoid drinking alcohol because it can damage the kidney further.
If healthy people often drink too much alcohol, high blood pressure, platelet dysfunction, bleeding or hyperlipemia may be induced. When alcohol resolves, symptoms like nausea, inappetence, deprementia or headache may appear. High blood pressure is a common symptom of PKD, kidney damage and high blood pressure influence each other. Studies have showed that even small amount of alcohol can elevate blood pressure, in that case, it contributes to decline of kidney function. If PKD patients already have high blood pressure, alcohol makes it difficult for them to control the blood pressure.
Alcohol can cause deterioration of PKD. It can stimulate the liveness of polycystin and accelerate secretion of cyst fluid and promote the growth of the cyst. For PKD patients, the kidneys have already been damaged. if they drink too much alcohol, the organic nitrogen balance will be influenced. In that case, the levels of protein decomposition and blood urea nitrogen increase, which then adds to burden of the kidneys. For healthy people, this may not be serious, but for PKD patients, there is no doubt the recovery of condition will be influenced.
Alcohol can harm even healthy people to such a degree, let alone PKD patients.