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Should I Reduce Protein Intake with FSGS

Question: I started taking prednisone for FSGS and am trying to determine if I should reduce protein intake. My doctor has not instructed me to do so.

Should I Reduce Protein Intake with FSGSAnswer: Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) is a common cause of Nephrotic Syndrome, which is characterized by massive proteinuria, swelling, hyperlipemia and hypoproteinemia. Prednisone is a synthetic corticosteroid drug that is used to treat kidney inflammation and decrease the permeability of capillaries so as to reduce protein leakage. But Nephrotic Syndrome patients caused by FSGS are usually not sensitive to corticosteroid. In such case, you may need some other treatment to reduce proteinuria. Treatment for proteinuria includes many aspects, one of which is about protein intake.

If you have massive protein leakage, it is necessary for you to control protein intake. Because the kidneys have become leaky, the more protein you eat, the more protein goes out. During this course, your kidneys will be damaged further so as to speed up kidney failure. But it does not mean you should avoid protein intake. Everyday we have to supplement moderate protein to satisfy the need of our body. FSGS patients are no exception. How much protein you can eat depends on many factors, such as remaining kidney function and weight. For example, if you are in stage 3 FSGS, 0.6-0.8 g/kg high quality protein intake is OK. If you are in stage 4 FSGS, 0.4-0.6 g/kg high quality protein intake is preferred.

Protein reduction is helpful for proteinuria, but you should also attach importance to the medication intake. Prednisone has many side effects if used for long-term, so in the long run, you had better choose some natural treatment. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), there are many therapies for you, such as Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy, Medicated Bath, Mai Kang Composition and various Medicinal Soup. They can help you repair the damaged kidneys to stop protein leakage.

Should I reduce protein intake with FSGS? Generally speaking, you should. If you are interested in our treatment, please feel free to contact online doctor or leave a message below.

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