Multivitamin for Polycystic Kidney Disease has been on the debate. Since its widely use in healthy patients or patients, people think that they can help them guarantee a balanced vitamin supply. Is multivitamin good for PKD? Yes, it is good for PKD in most cases.
Why take a multivitamin?
In short, it’s wise to make sure your diet is complete with all the nutrients needed for health and wellness.
Healthy eating remains the best source of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. A multivitamin is not a substitute for healthy food or a healthy lifestyle, but it can provide a nutritional back-up for a less-than-ideal diet. If your diet eliminates whole food groups or you don’t eat enough variety of foods, you would benefit from a once-daily multivitamin.
For patients with Polycystic Kidney Disease, they may always experience some symptoms such as poor appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, anemia and fatigue, etc. As a result, they cannot take enough nutrition for them from diet. On the condition, taking multivitamin can help them boost their health.
However, for PKD patients, if their kidneys are not working well, they cannot keep the electrolyte balance. As a result, potassium and phosphorous level can elevate. Therefore, some vitamins you should limit.
Which vitamins do I need to avoid if I have PKD?
The fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K) are more likely to build up in your body, so these are avoided unless prescribed by your kidney doctor. Vitamin A is especially a concern, as toxic levels may occur with daily supplements.
The kidney doctor decides if a vitamin D supplement is needed based on blood tests that measure calcium, phosphorus and parathyroid hormone (PTH) levels. As PKD progresses, the kidney’s ability to activate vitamin D is lost. A special activated vitamin D may be prescribed along with blood work to monitor calcium and PTH levels.
Vitamin C supplements are recommended in a 60 to 100 mg dose. There is concern that if you have PKD, taking very high doses of vitamin C can cause a build up of oxalate, which can be deposited in the bones and soft tissues.