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Low Protein Diet for Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis

Low Protein Diet for Focal Segmental GlomerulosclerosisWhy is low protein diet needed for FSGS (Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis)? Protein is an important element that is needed by both our physical development and mental development. We can say no protein, no life. However, in some cases of FSGS, patients are told to limit their protein intake. Why is this? What are the tips for FSGS to arrange their low-protein tips?

Importance of low protein diet for FSGS patients

Not everyone with FSGS will definitely need to limit protein intake. For patients whose FSGS presents as Nephrotic Syndrome, a normal protein intake (0.8grams of protein per kilogram of body weight a day) is ok. Nephrotic Syndrome is marked by massive proteinuria which means large amounts of protein are lost into urine. Under such a condition, a low protein intake will worsen hypoproteinemia.

However, for some others, they need to limit protein intake according to their specific illness because high protein intake will add extra burden on kidney, which has a negative effect for FSGS patients to recover. In general, 0.6 to 0.8 gram of protein is needed per kilogram of body weight per day by the the patients, if their illness stays in stage 2 to stage 3. 0.2-0.4 gram of protein per kilogram of body weight per day is needed for these whose illness has developed to stage 4 to 5, but have not started dialysis yet. And lastly for these who are on dialysis, much more protein (generally 1.2 gram of protein per kilogram of body weight a day) is needed, as some of protein will be lost during dialysis.

Tips for FSGS patients to arrange a low protein diet

Since proper protein intake is very important, FSGS patients need to know clearly about how to arrange a low-protein diet, so as to get recovery soon. The followings are the two tips for FSGS patients and hope they are helpful:

1. High quality protein: 60% of protein taken by FSGS should be high quality protein which is usually contained by milk, fish, lean meat and egg white.

2. Carbohydrate: the metabolite of protein is urea nitrogen which needs to be excreted through kidney. Eating high carbohydrate foods helps to reduce the consumption of protein in our body, which is helpful for reducing kidney burden.

Lastly, for a FSGS patients, what foods he can eat and can not eat should closely based on his illness condition. A low protein diet is helpful, but how much illness they need to ingest differs from case to case.

Hope the above information is helpful for you. If you have any other questions on kidney disease or want to get more personalized and professional treatment suggestions, please leave a message below.

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