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How to Manage A Healthy Diet for Patients with FSGS

2013-11-17 11:49| Font Size A A A

How to Manage A Healthy Diet for Patients with FSGSPatients with FSGS may suffer from many symptoms because of glomerulus damage, such as high blood pressure, swelling, proteinuria, edema, blood urine, etc. So patients should manage a healthy diet in order to reduce these symptoms and prevent glomerulus from worsening. Then how to manage a healthy diet for patients with FSGS?

Here are some diet suggestions for patients with FSGS.

You are suggested to eat low-potassium foods.

Because of glomerulus damage, the extra potassium cannot be filtered. So some patients are tested with high level of potassium. High potassium level will lead to nausea, weakness, irregular pulse and heart problem. So you should avoid high-potassium foods to reduce kidney and other damage. Such foods are rich in potassium like banana, apple, orange, spinach, cucumber, corn, eggplant, etc.

You are suggested to eat low-salt foods.

Salt is the rich source of sodium. High sodium has a bad effect on the health, especially the damaged kidneys. High sodium is considered to be the contributor of swelling and high blood pressure. It will lead to water-sodium retention, which will increase swelling. High blood pressure can be a primary disease and a complication of FSGS. It can worsen the damage of kidneys. So you are suggested to avoid high-sodium foods, such as processed foods, canned foods, fast foods and restaurant foods.

You are suggested to eat low-protein foods.

High-protein foods will increase the burden of kidney because protein will break down into some waste products like urea nitrogen, which should be filtered out by kidneys. Meanwhile, you should supply yourself high-quality foods for they can generate less waste product and provide you enough nutritions you need. High-quality foods include egg white, lean meat, fish and dairy products.

The diet is an important natural treatment. A healthy diet takes a great effect on reducing the damage and saving the residual kidney function. You can ask your doctor or dietitian for a healthy diet for you if you are with FSGS. Or you can get a detailed food lists that patients with FSGS should follow by sending email to or leaving a message below!

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