Lupus Nephritis Diet

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Can Lupus Nephritis Patients Drink Soy Milk

2014-07-03 08:46

Can Lupus Nephritis Patients Drink Soy MilkLupus Nephritis is caused by systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), which is an autoimmune disease. Diet has a significant effects on people, and Lupus Nephritis patients are no exceptions. Can Lupus Nephritis patients drink soy milk. It depends.

What are the restrictions of diet for patients with Lupus Nephritis?

1. Limited protein intake

Patients are always told by their doctors not to take large amount of proteins in their diet, because the products of protein metabolism will burden the kidneys. Blood urea nitrogen (BUN), which is a indicator reflecting kidney function, is such a product of protein after breaking down. If patients take more protein than they actually needs, their kidneys will work overloaded to discharged wastes.

However, it does not mean patients with Lupus Nephritis cannot take protein at all. Protein is also one kind of nutritions needed by the body. At this time, it is better for patients to take foods that contain high-quality protein. Those foods can meet the body’s needs of energy, and will also produce less wastes. Milk, fish, lean meat, and egg white are all good choices. Yet, soy milk is not included in the diet list for patients with Lupus Nephritis. Soy milk is made from beans, which contain rich plant protein. This kind of protein is low-quality protein, so soy milk is not good for Lupus Nephritis if they already have kidney deficiency.

2. Eat less light-sensitive foods

For Lupus Nephritis patients are required to being exposed to the sun light for a long time because it will worsen their illness condition. Some light-sensitive foods can also aggravate the disease.

You’d better eat less such foods as fig, carrot, tomato and celery, etc. If you have eaten some, you should keep yourself away from sun light as possibly as you can.

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