Kidney Shrinkage Diet

Kidney shrinkage is also called atrophic kidneys. This problem is more likely to indicate end stage renal disease (ESRD). Accompanied by this problem, protein in urine appears commonly. A correct diet plan can help manage these problems to

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Diet Information for Kidney Shrinkage with Protein in Urine

2014-06-05 03:09

Diet Information for Kidney Shrinkage with Protein in UrineKidney shrinkage is also called atrophic kidneys. This problem is more likely to indicate end stage renal disease (ESRD). Accompanied by this problem, protein in urine appears commonly. A correct diet plan can help manage these problems to some extent.

Because protein leaks in urine and kidneys fail to work normally, patients should limit the intake of protein for reducing the burden on kidneys. If not, extra protein, especially low-quality protein, will produce too many waste products that makes kidneys overwork and causes more serious kidney damage. From this point, 0.8, 0.6, 0.4 g/kg body weight is recommended respectively, according to patients’ illness condition. Additionally, patients should take in more high-quality protein such as lean meat, milk, fish and egg white.

When kidneys can’t keep fluid and sodium balance normally, high blood pressure and swelling occur easily. This requires patients to develop a low-sodium diet and manage the fluid intake. Generally speaking, a low-sodium diet ranges from 1,000 mg to 4,000 mg. A more restricted diet is 2,000~3,000 mg.

In end stage renal disease, kidneys are unable to excrete potassium and phosphorus normally. Therefore, they should pay attention to the intake of potassium-containing or phosphorus-containing foods. For example, watermelon, orange, lemon, white melon, etc, contains rich potassium, and seafood, animal giblets, nuts and so on contains rich phosphorus.

A right diet plan can help patients with kidney shrinkage slow down the progress of kidney disease and manage related complications, while a unhealthy diet plan may worsen their illness condition. From this point, we can know how important to learn to make a scientific diet for kidney shrinkage.

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