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A Kidney-Friendly Diet Plan for Stage 4 Lupus Nephritis

A Kidney-Friendly Diet Plan for Stage 4 Lupus NephritisIn Stage 4 Lupus Nephritis, patients’ illness condition has become quite severe. In this case, patients are required to follow a kidney-friendly diet to improve their overall health condition. Today, we are here to introduce how to develop such a healthy meal plan for patients with Stage 4 Lupus Nephritis.

First of all, we should know that there is no diet plan suitable for all Lupus Nephritis patients, and the diet plan should depend on patients’ kidney function level, complications, the body size, weight and so on. (If you want to get an individual eating plan directly, you can consult the Doctor online or email to

1. Control the sodium intake tightly

In stage 4, kidneys can’t filter out extra fluid and sodium effectively, so high blood pressure and swelling occur easily. In this case, excessive sodium intake will worsen these two problems. Therefore, patients should restrict their sodium intake to 1,500~3,000 mg.

2. Limit the protein intake and take in high-quality protein

This point can help avoid increasing the burden on kidneys. In this case, patients are recommended to take in 0.6~0.8 g/kg body weight of protein, and they should make sure half of their protein intake comes from high-quality protein. For example, switch from red meat to fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, sardines and salmon.

3. Eat more calcium-rich foods

The steroids that Lupus Nephritis patients often take to control their illness condition can cause bone disease, making patients vulnerable to fractures. Besides, low kidney function can also increase the risk of bone disease, because of low calcium level and high phosphorus level. To fight against this side effect, patients need to eat more foods high in calcium and vitamin D.

4. Stay away from alfalfa

Alfalfa contains an amino acid called L-canavanine that can make patients’ immune system overdrive and worsen their Lupus Nephritis patients. Therefore, patients with Stage 4 Lupus Nephritis should avoid these foods.

If you want to learn more about diet plan for patients with Stage 4 Lupus Nephritis, you can consult the doctor online directly.

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