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Nephrotic Syndrome with High Urea Level: Should I Take High Protein Diet or Low

Nephrotic Syndrome with High Urea Level: Should I Take High Protein Diet or LowRecently when I chatted with a patient, he told me: “I am a Nephrotic Syndrome patient with high urea level. Should I take high protein diet or low?” Protein intake is a common asked question of Nephrotic Syndrome. If you have the similar doubt, the following information may be helpful for you.

Generally speaking, Nephrotic Syndrome patients should take low protein diet.

Urea is the waste product of protein, which is expelled out of the body with urine. When your kidneys are healthy, they can keep blood urea into a range (7-20 mg/dL). With Nephrotic Syndrome, the glomeruli become leaky and kidney function declines so that urea builds up in the blood. In such case, if you take high protein diet, more urea comes into being and accumulates in the blood. And then your kidneys have to work hard to remove them from the blood. Overwork speeds up kidney failure. Besides, high protein diet worsens your proteinuria. Therefore, Nephoritc Syndrome patients should take low protein diet.

Nephrotic Syndrome patients should eat high quality protein.

Protein restriction does not mean protein prohibition. Our bodies need protein to strengthen muscles, make antibodies and enzymes, etc. If you do not take enough protein, you will feel weak and your immune system becomes poor. In order to satisfy the need of body, you should eat moderate protein. High quality protein is packed with essential amino acids, which can be absorbed by our bodies so that less waste products are produced. Therefore, high quality protein is preferred. Egg white, lean meat, fish, milk, poultry without skin all belong to such kind of protein. How much protein you can take depends on your remaining kidney function. If you want to know the answer, please feel free to contact online doctor. Our online service is free.

Low protein diet can help you lower urea level, but it is not enough. The fundamental way is to repair the damaged kidneys and improve kidney function. Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy may help you achieve the goal.

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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