Award-Winning Researcher Shares Info On Slowing the Progression of PKD

Top Quote Bruce Holub, Nutritional Science Professor Emeritus of the University of Guelph, will give a free public talk on the possibility of slowing the progression of Polycystic Kidney Disease. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) March 05, 2012 - Award-winning nutritional scientist Bruce Holub will talk about past and present research on slowing the progression of Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) via dietary means. His presentation in the Juravinski Tower at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton on March 10 will be followed by a question and answer session.

    "Professor Holub's topic - Dietary Retardation of the Progression of PKD - is very exciting for Polycystic Kidney Disease patients who want to know if modifying what they eat and drink can make a difference in prolonging the quality of their affected organs," said Jeff Robertson, Executive Director of the PKD Foundation of Canada.

    "Should they drink more water or eat less red meat? Due to the nature of PKD, many people wonder if diet can have any impact. We are looking forward to hearing the opinion of an expert who has both years of research in nutritional science under his belt as well as an invested interest in ADPKD research."

    Holub conducts ground-breaking research on omega-3 fatty acids from fish, fish oils, and plant sources and nutraceuticals for human health. He also is involved in collaborative epidemiological work with groups within North America (including medical centres and health agencies in Canada and the US) as well as international groups.

    He has served as President of the Canadian Society for Nutritional Sciences and Chairman of the Nutrition Task Force for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. Holub won the Borden Award from the Nutrition Society of Canada, The McHenry Award from the Canadian Society for Nutritional Sciences, the Gordin Kaplan award from the Canadian Federation of Biological Societies, and more recently, the 2006 Distinguished Nutrition Leadership Award from the Danone Institute at the Canadian Nutrition Congress in Winnipeg.

    March is National Kidney Month in Canada and the United States. A common but relatively unknown chronic kidney disease, PKD is becoming a less frightening diagnosis with continued study and growing public awareness. It is a genetic disorder characterized by the development of numerous cysts in the kidneys. PKD can cause liver cysts and problems in other organs also. Some 50% of people with the most common type of PKD progress to kidney failure (end-stage renal disease). Currently, there is no cure for PKD.

    The Hamilton Chapter of the PKD Foundation of Canada offers 2-hour educational meetings free of charge. More information is available on the website.

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