Diet Changes for Adults with Polycystic Kidney Disease

1. Drink water
    • Drink water throughout the day, at bedtime and when you wake
       up at night
    • Limit caffeinated drinks to 2 cups per day
    • Limit high sugar drinks such as pop and juice
    • Limit alcohol to 1-2 drinks per day

2. Eat Less Protein
    • Limit animal protein
    • Choose beans, peas, lentils, nuts, nut butters, seeds, tofu,
       edamame and soy milk more often
    • Limit dairy to 2 servings per day

3. Eat Less Sodium
    • Choose fresh foods
    • Read nutrition labels and choose foods that have less than 10%
      sodium per serving
    • Avoid canned and processed foods
    • Use less salt and high sodium sauces in cooking
    • Use no salt added seasoning blends, herbs and spices
    • Eat less take-out and restaurant food

4. Increase Fruits and Vegetables
    • Fill half your plate with vegetables at lunch and dinner
    • Have fruit daily for a snack or dessert

5. Choose Whole Grains
    • Eat whole grain breads and cereal
    • Have barley, oats, brown and wild rice

6. Avoid Phosphorus Additives
    • Look for PHOSPH in the ingredient list

Special thanks to BC Renal for developing this content and allowing us to use it.

The diet information sheets for adults with Polycystic Kidney Disease are intended for use by those patients with higher kidney function who do not need to be mindful of potassium or phosphorus and given out alongside individualized nutrition recommendations by their renal dietitians.