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Should I Watch Protein and Salt Intake with IgA Nephropathy

Question: I'm diagnosed with IgA Nephropathy, although I haven't met with my doctor yet to go over my result. I don't have edema. Should I start watching my protein and salt intake right away?

Should I Watch Protein and Salt Intake with IgA NephropathyAnswer: Generally speaking, IgA Nephropathy patients should follow a renal-friendly diet to slow down the progression to kidney failure. Because the information you give is too general, I can not make a personalized diet plan for you. In the following, there is a general diet guideline.

Protein intake

If you do not have severe kidney function impairment, there is no need for you to follow a restricted protein intake, but you had better control the protein intake into 1g/kg per day and more than 50 % of them should be high quality protein like lean meat and egg white. If you have kidney function impairment, the protein intake should depend on the remaining kidney function and high quality protein is also preferred.

Salt intake

How much salt you should consume depends on your medical condition. If you do not have severe edema and high blood pressure, you can eat salt without restriction. But you had better avoid food high in salt, such as pickles and sauce. Because too much salt intake may increase the workload of the kidneys and speed up kidney function impairment. If you have edema and high blood pressure, you should control the salt intake into 2g per day and even avoid salt.

Besides protein and salt, you should pay attention to calory intake. If you have to follow a restricted protein intake, you should consume 126-147 kj/kg calory to satisfy the need of body. Food high in carbohydrates is a good source of calory.

Diet should go with treatment. Only in this way can you achieve a good curative effects. If you would like information about treatment or diet, please send your medical test report to igacure@gmail.com. Our doctors will contact you later.

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