Keto diet shows promise in improving kidney function in these people

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Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is a common hereditary kidney disease that accounts for approximately 10% of all cases of kidney failure.

This condition leads to the development of cysts in the kidneys, impairing their function. Dialysis or kidney transplantation is often required as kidney function progressively declines.

In a recent study conducted by the Kidney Research Center Cologne and other institutions, researchers explored the potential benefits of a ketogenic diet, which promotes ketosis by primarily utilizing dietary fats as an energy source, in improving kidney function in individuals affected by ADPKD.

The Study and Findings

The study included 63 patients with ADPKD who were divided into three groups. The first group followed a ketogenic diet for three months, which involved low carbohydrate and sugar intake with high fat consumption.

The second group practiced water fasting for three days each month, leading to a state of ketosis.

The third group served as the control and followed standard dietary recommendations for ADPKD, focusing on reducing salt intake and increasing fluid consumption.

The feasibility of the dietary changes was assessed through questionnaires and metabolic tests to detect ketosis. Results indicated that 91% of patients on the ketogenic diet and 89% in the water fasting group found the diets feasible.

After three months, positive effects were observed in kidney size and function. The ketogenic diet resulted in a reduction in kidney size, while the control group experienced an increase in kidney size.

Participants on the ketogenic diet also demonstrated significant improvements in kidney function compared to the control group.

Implications and Future Research

While these findings are promising, the researchers emphasize that further studies involving larger sample sizes, multiple research sites, and longer follow-up periods are necessary to validate the results and establish general recommendations for a ketogenic diet in ADPKD patients.

Additionally, more data regarding the safety of this dietary approach is needed.

The study suggests that a ketogenic diet may have potential benefits in improving kidney function in individuals with ADPKD.

By reducing kidney size and enhancing kidney function, this dietary approach shows promise in managing the progression of the disease.

However, more research is required before a ketogenic diet can be widely recommended for ADPKD patients.

Monitoring kidney health, following medical advice, and discussing dietary changes with healthcare professionals remain essential for individuals with ADPKD.

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