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Lupus nephritis is an autoimmune kidney disease. This disease can progress into kidney failure with unproper treatment. Patients with this disease, especially those who have developed into kidney failure should manage a proper diet. So what can people eat with lupus nephritis and kidney failure?
Eat low-sodium foods.
High blood pressure is a symptom of lupus nephritis, especially with kidney failure. Low-sodium can help control high blood pressure. It is easier than to take antihypertensive drugs. Besides, The extra sodium and water in body will cause water-sodium retention, thus lead to swelling. Low-sodium foods can reduce the risk of swelling.
Eat low-potassium foods.
Because of kidney damage due to lupus, kidneys become less able to filter the extra potassium in the blood. So if you are experiencing a high level of potassium, you should eat low-potassium foods. The nephrologists recommend that you should limit potassium to 2000 to 3000 mg everyday with elevated potassium.
Eat low-protein foods.
You should go on a low-protein diet to slow down the progression of the disease and reduce more damage to kidneys. Protein will produce nitrogenous wastes, which should be filtered by kidneys. If you have started dialysis, you should add high-quality protein in your diet to prevent malnutrition. You should ask your doctor for how much protein you should consume everyday.
Drink less water.
Some patients with kidney failure may experience oliguria because the damaged kidneys are less able to produce urine. If you drink too much water, you may be attacked by swelling and increased weight.
The diet is very important for people with lupus nephritis and kidney failure. You are suggested to consult your doctor or dietitian for a detailed foods lists. You can also send your medical report to firstname.lastname@example.org, the kidney doctor will give you a specialized foods lists of foods you can eat with lupus nephritis and kidney failure!