IgA Nephropathy results from abnormal immune system. In our daily life, many foods can help either regulate immune system or protect kidneys. Therefore, it is very important to develop a healthy diet for IgA Nephropathy patients. Here, we have 5 suggestions to help them arrange such a diet plan.
Top 1: Take in correct amount of high-quality protein
For IgA Nephropathy patients, high-quality protein can not only meet their protein need but also reduce the burden on damaged kidneys for few waste products. In view of this, animal protein is better than plant protein. Fish, lean meat and egg white are good source of protein.
Top 2: Restrict the sodium intake
Quite a number of people with IgA Nephropathy are experiencing high blood pressure or swelling. In this case, extra sodium intake can worsen their medical condition by aggravating fluid and sodium retention and raising blood pressure.
Bacon, canned foods, processed foods, salty condiment, cheese, etc, are high in salt, so you had better avoid them if you have kidney problem.
Top 3: Limit the intake of phosphorus
Most IgA Nephropathy patients have calcium and phosphorus imbalance and shows high phosphorus but low calcium. In this case, patients should limit the intake of phosphorus, to prevent bone, muscle and skin problem. Therefore, high-phosphorus foods including seafood, mushroom, nut, dairy products, etc, should be limited.
Top 4: Manage the intake of potassium
In the early stage of IgA Nephropathy, kidneys can still do their work properly, so they are usually not required to limit the potassium intake. However, with the progress of IgA Nephropathy, kidneys are damaged gradually. If patients are tested out high potassium level, they should control their potassium intake. Banana, watermelon, kiwi fruit, orange and some other foods are high in potassium.
Top 5: Take in adequate vitamin
Long-term chronic nephritis can cause anemia easily. It is reported that vitamin C has an effect of prompting the absorption of iron. This means vitamin C can help treat anemia especially due to iron deficiency.
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