There is no way to prevent either form of PKD. If you have PKD, you may be able to keep your kidneys working longer by following a healthy lifestyle. Some tips for living healthy include:

  • Keep a healthy blood pressure.
  • Keep a healthy blood sugar level.
  • Keep a healthy weight.
  • Follow a low-salt, low-fat diet.
  • Limit alcohol.
  • Do not smoke or use any tobacco product. If you smoke or use tobacco, quit now.
  • Exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, most days of the week.
  • Take all prescription medicines as your doctor tells you to.
  • Do not take more than the recommended dose of over-the-counter medicines.