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Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD), Low Carb Keto Diet Benefits, and Santa Barbara Nutrients KetoCitra


Episode 241: Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD), Low Carb Keto Diet Benefits, and Santa Barbara Nutrients KetoCitra with Dr. Thomas Weimbs. Dr. Weimbs discusses Polycystic Kidney Disease, its unique challenges for kidney patients, Santa Barbara Nutrients and their medical food KetoCitra for the nutritional management of PKD. Dr. Weimbs discusses the benefits of a keto diet for PKD patients along with other discoveries around nutrition and kidney disease.

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Thomas Weimbs is a professor at the University of California in Santa Barbara (UCSB) where he directs a research laboratory focused on polycystic kidney disease (PKD). He received his doctoral degree from the University of Cologne, Germany, and then conducted postdoctoral research at the University of California in San Francisco. In 1999, he started his first independent research laboratory at the Lerner Research Institute of the Cleveland Clinic as an assistant professor. There, he started to research PKD after he was approached by a local family affected by PKD who financially supported PKD research in his newly-founded laboratory. Their family foundation still supports PKD research in Dr. Weimbs' lab today. In 2005, Dr. Weimbs moved his laboratory back to California to join the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at UCSB. His laboratory studies molecular mechanisms underlying PKD with an emphasis on developing new therapies. Research from Dr. Weimbs’ lab has led to a better understanding of PKD and led to novel methods to deliver therapeutics specifically to polycystic kidneys. Some of the most recent research has led to the discovery that dietary interventions and natural metabolites strongly slow PKD progression in animal models. This led to the launch of Santa Barbara Nutrients with the goal to make these approaches available for the nutritional management of PKD and to support kidney health. Research in Dr. Weimbs’ laboratory has been funded by grants from federal agencies, including the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense, by private foundations, including the Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust, the Amy P. Goldman Foundation, and the Jarrett Family Fund, as well as several biotech companies. For more information on research in the Weimbs lab, see

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