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How can you prevent the complications of autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD)?

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You can slow the damage and prevent some of the complications by making healthy habits -- especially those that help you lower and then maintain your blood pressure -- part of your life and taking medications as necessary. Depending on the type of ADPKD you have, you can lead an active life for many years by managing your symptoms and working with your doctor. There’s not a cure, but scientists are doing research to look for new treatments.

SOURCES:

National Human Genome Research Institute: "Learning About Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease."

National Kidney Foundation: "Polycystic Kidney Disease."

PKD International: "ADPKD."

PKD Foundation: "Common Questions About How PKD Will Affect Your Health."

Halvorson, C. International Journal of Nephrology and Renovascular Disease, June 2010.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on August 19, 2020

SOURCES:

National Human Genome Research Institute: "Learning About Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease."

National Kidney Foundation: "Polycystic Kidney Disease."

PKD International: "ADPKD."

PKD Foundation: "Common Questions About How PKD Will Affect Your Health."

Halvorson, C. International Journal of Nephrology and Renovascular Disease, June 2010.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on August 19, 2020

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