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Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease in which the immune system products antibodies to cells within the body leading to widespread inflammation and tissue damage. Any part of the body can be affected by lupus as it has array of clinical mainfestations affecting the skin, joints, brains, lungs, kidneys, blood vessels and other internal organs. Well then, when patients suffer protein in urine, what does it mean?
What is the protein in urine?
Protein in urine, also know as proteinuria, is an excess of protein in the blood. Protein is an important component in our blood, as it carries food, hormones, and many other things through our blood stream.
What does proteinuria mean for lupus patients?
Proteinuria can also be a result of overproduction of proteins by the body. However, for lupus patients, when they begin to suffer from proteinuria, it is possible to be diagnosed with Lupus Nephritis. Normally, healthy kidneys do not allow a significant amount of protein to pass through their filters. But filters damaged by kidney disease may let protein such as albumin leak from the blood into the urine.
Actually, proteinuria is a obvious sign when lupus patients have kidney damage. The main cause of proteinuria is the damaged glomerular basement membrane. Namely, the glomerulus’ permeability increases, protein will leak into urine through the increased glomerular holes. In turn, proteinuria can do further damage to kidney and worsen illness condition. Therefore, lupus patients should pay more attention to their kidney healthy when they suffer proteinuria.
Well then, how to control proteinurina for patients?
Diet plays an important role in regulating our body health. For patients with kidney disease, they are often recommended to take a low protein diet, but for patients with lupus nephritis, they will may need to increase his protein intake, because they often have protein loss. Besides, reducing salt intake is very important for patient’s health. Aside from diet, medical treatments also essential like Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy, Medicated Bath, Immunotherapy. To know more details, please do feel free to contact our Online Doctor or leave a message below directly.