Polycystic kidney disease is the most common inherited cause of end-stage kidney disease. This chronic condition is characterized by fluid-filled cysts that damage healthy tissue and kidney function. If left untreated, it can cause complications, such as heart problems, high blood pressure, and kidney failure.
In this study, a team of researchers from The Westmead Institute for Medical Research in Australia looked at whether increasing water intake can slow the progression of polycystic kidney disease. To do this, the research team induced polycystic kidney disease in rats. Then, they treated the animals with either high water intake or normal water intake.
The results showed that increasing water intake reduced kidney enlargement. This was accompanied by reductions in the long-term progression of cyst growth and kidney fibrosis.
In addition, the research team found that higher water intake had secondary benefits for some complications associated with polycystic kidney disease. These included lowering high blood pressure and reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
From these findings, the researchers concluded that a moderate increase in water intake is a safe and effective treatment for polycystic kidney disease and its complications, especially during its early stages.
"Water is cheap and accessible, so the idea that it could be used as a treatment for PKD in the future is very exciting," said Priyanka Sagar, lead researcher of the study.
Since the study was conducted on animals, Sagar and her team noted that more studies with human participants are needed to prove that water is indeed an effective treatment for kidney cysts.
Although the general recommendation for drinking water is eight glasses per day, the daily water needs vary per individual. How much water a person needs depends on age, physical activity, climate, and states of pregnancy, breastfeeding, and illness. Here are some tips to make sure you’re drinking enough water:
Aside from keeping you hydrated, drinking enough water prevents kidney stones and urinary tract infections. These are two common medical conditions that can damage the kidneys. Kidney stones form less easily when enough water is available because water prevents stone-forming crystals from sticking together. Drinking enough water also helps you produce more urine, which helps flush out infection-causing bacteria from the urinary tract. (Related: Drink more water: This simple and holistic advice is the best way to optimize urological health.)
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