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High Blood Pressure and Nephritis

Nephritis shows no obvious symptoms. May people live with nephritis for years without knowing it. High blood pressure is a common symptom and complication of nephritis.

High Blood Pressure Induced by Nephritis

Kidneys are important organs to filter the waste products and extra fluids from blood. Also, kidneys help regulate the electrolytes and blood pressure. There are main two ways that the kidney damage may interfere with blood pressure fluctuation.

On one hand, nephritis will cause the waste products and extra fluids building up in the blood. This induces the blood fluids put more force to blood vessel walls, causing high blood pressure.

On the other hand, nephritis will cause the kidney lose the ability to regulate the blood pressure. In normal condition, kidney can release a substance called rein which can help increase or lower down the blood pressure. When kidneys are damaged, blood pressure will fluctuate.

Management for high blood pressure induced by Nephritis

Management for high blood pressure involves both diet control and medical treatment.

- By changing a few simple dietary habits, including counting calories and watching portion sizes to boost weight loss, you may be able to lower your blood pressure -- a proven risk for heart disease. Heart disease is a common complication of Nephritis.

You are suggested to follow a low-sodium, low-phosphorus, low-potassium diet. Reducing the amount of sodium you consume can lower blood pressure and alleviate your nephritis symptoms. You are suggested to avoid alcohol drinking. Drinking an excessive amount of alcohol increases your risk of developing high blood pressure. Eating more fruits and vegetables will be better. Eating more fruits and vegetables and low-fat dairy products may also lower blood pressure.

- there are many drugs can help lower blood pressure, such Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, Diuretics, Renin inhibitors, Beta-blockers, Angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) etc. However, you are suggested to consult your doctor before you try any medicine.

- repairing the kidney damage is also important. As we know that high blood pressure is caused by nephritis. Thereby, only the management that can help control the root cause can high blood pressure be lowered. Chinese Herbal Medicine may be helpful for it helps repair the damaged kidney tissues and improve kidney function. As long as the kidney function elevates, the blood pressure will be regulated spontaneously.

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