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Hope every one is keeping safe and sane in this crazy time. Just wondering if anybody has come across the new theory about ketosis helping with Pkd? Interesting reading!

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Hi Fif, haven’t seen anything, but interestingly i kind of follow something close to it, just low carb and in the period my kidneys did not grow (2years), measured by mri. So who knows. Could you send us the links please? Thanks!

Hi fif, just found and read an article it really reduces cyst growth.

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Fif200 in reply to Rick234

Hi Rick 234

Thanks for the reply. Ya its interesting reading alright. There doesn't seem to be many articles as of yet though. That's great news about your cyst growth. I'm wondering how low you go with your carbs and how do you balance it with protein? I see a colleague of mine doing keto daily. He swear by it but looks very challenging to me. Low carb/ intermittent fasting could be a better option. Waiting patiently for more research on this keto method!!

Regards 😁

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Rick234 in reply to Fif200

Hi Fif,

i just got my hands on an article by some researchers at ucsb, will post the feedback as soon as I’m done reading.

Sure, I never did keto really just low carb with daily 18 hours of fasting plus 24 hours once a week, I never realized it may have been the cause for the better evolution in that period. It’s always better not to be so radical who knows we don’t want tongo too deep into something that may be harmful!

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Fif200 in reply to Rick234

Enjoy the article! Interesting about the fasting. I must read up!

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You may wish to look at the link on the PKD Charitys website. It hosted a webinar with Dr. Thomas Weimbs, University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB). He and his research team have discovered that diets that induce ketosis in mouse, rat and cat models slowed or reversed the growth of polycystic kidneys.

Could this research be the key to slowing down the progression of PKD in humans?

The PKD Charity cannot offer specific dietary advice. Please contact your medical team before making any diet changes.

The exciting results come from work with PKD-style mice.

Thomas Weimbs, the lead researcher himself, always replies to questions about adopting these ideas with advice to wait for the results of the human trials.