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Is High Protein Intake Bad for Lupus Nephritis Patients

2014-01-12 08:18

Is High Protein Intake Bad for Lupus Nephritis PatientsIs high protein intake bad for lupus nephritis patients? Lupus nephritis is a kidney disease caused by lupus, and when patients get lupus nephritis, they need to have effective treatments to remedy their kidney disease and keep a kidney-friendly diet, which will help them slow down the progression of kidney failure. To keep a well planed diet, they should first pay attention to their protein intake, because high protein intake will be bad for lupus nephritis patients.

High protein intake is bad for lupus nephritis patients.

As we know, for kidney disease patients, they often have a common symptom which is proteinuria, and proteinuria refers to loss of protein in urine. The normal kidney function have the function of filtering wastes and toxins in blood, besides, the healthy kidney function can also keep the nutrition such as protein staying in body. Once the kidneys are damaged, they will lose the function, and the protein will be leaked out. So for lupus nephritis patients, if they have a high protein intake, it will increase the production of urea nitrogen, which will increase the kidney burden and cause further damage to the kidneys. Thereby, lupus nephritis patients should keep a low protei intake.

How much protein should a lupus nephritis patients take?

The amount of protein intake for lupus nephritis patients should depend on their illness condition, and the exact protein intake is usually based on the kidney condition. For example, if lupus nephritis patients have a mildly reduced kidney function, they can take 0.6-0.8 g of protein/ kg body weight. And if their kidney function is reduced severely and still don’t have dialysis, they can take 0.2-0.4 g of protein/ kg body weight. However, if patients have dialysis, they need to take more protein, which is about 1.2g of protein/kg body weight. These amount of protein intake can supply enough nutrition for body and don’t increase the kidney burden. Besides, lupus nephritis patients should also take some high quality protein, which contain lean meat, fish, milk, and egg white, which will cause less metabolites and cause less kidney damage.

Keep a right amount of protein intake will help you slow down the progression of kidney failure, and increase the time for you to have effective treatment to remedy your kidney disease and improve your kidney function.

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