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Food List for Nephrotic Syndrome with FSGS

2014-09-24 08:28

Food List for Nephrotic Syndrome with FSGSFSGS stands for Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis, characterized by the scar tissue in the filtering unit of the kidney. FSGS is a leading primary cause of Nephrotic Syndrome in children and adults. Diet plays an important role for people with Nephrotic Syndrome with FSGS. What can you eat, and what foods you are not allowed to eat? This article is a guidance for the general people.

Foods are good for Nephrotic Syndrome patients with FSGS

● Fresh vegetables and fruits without much phosphorous and potassium

Cabbages, cauliflower, cucumber, bitter gourd, artichoke, carrot, wax gourd, sprouts, red bell peppers;

Cranberry, blackberry, strawberry, blueberry, red grapes, watermelon, apple, kiwi, etc.

● Foods that contain rich high-quality protein

Lean meat, egg white, milk are good choices because it can not only meet your body’s need of protein but also produce less wastes. This can reduce the burden of your kidneys.

In general, 0.6g-0.8g per kg of body weight is enough for Nephrotic Syndrome patients with FSGS.

Foods are not good for people with Nephrotic Syndrome and FSGS

● High potassium fruits

Banana, orange, kiwi, nectarines, prunes and dried fruits;

Tomato, potato, spinach, beets, etc.

● Foods high in phosphorous

Many dairy products are rich in phosphorous. Other foods like chocolate, nuts, cheese, carbonated drinks, etc, are also not good for them.

Other dietary suggestions

Fluid intake should also be controlled, especially when patients have swelling (or edema). The doctor will calculate how much water you should take based on your urine output. In clinic, water intake=urine output+500ml.

Besides, vitamins and calories are also necessary, because patients always have low immunity due to large leakage of protein in urine.

I hope you have got what you want from this article. One more thing you should know is that diet cannot help you treat your kidney disease. Timely and effective treatment is the key. Any questions, you are welcomed to leave a message below or email to

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