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A well-balanced diet plays such an important role in managing FSGS. Reduced dietary protein intake is recommended to the patients, especially those with proteinuria.
Why a low-protein diet is recommended?
Urea protein is the byproduct of protein metabolism.As the kidneys are not functioning well in FSGS,urea nitrogen will build up in body.High levels of urea nitrogen can lead to a condition called uremia.Uremia can affect multiple vital organs and systems in body like brain, heart, nerve system etc.
How much protein is consumed in FSGS?
The amount of dietary protein intake depends on the patients’ overall conditions like kidney damage degree, level of proteinuria, GFR, etc. Based on Kidney Disease stages,there is a rough reference of dietary protein intake in each stage.
Protein for kidney disease stages 1&2
Protein-0.8 to 1 gram per kilo of body weight
Protein for kidney disease stages 3&4
Protein-0.6 to 0.8 gram per kilo of body weight
Protein for kidney disease stages 4&5
Protein-ideal 20gram, Max 30 grams total
However, this is just a rough reference value.You can chat with our medical professional to know what the exact amount of protein intake in your case.
What are good protein for people with FSGS?
Proteins are divided to high-quality protein and low-protein protein. High-quality protein is a better choice for people with FSGS. This is because high-quality protein can provide essential amino acids to body and also it produce less metabolites than low-quality protein.
Then where are high-quality protein from? Animal protein is rich in high-quality protein and it is a preferred option for the patients with FSGS such as poultry, fish, red meat. Email to email@example.com to get a list of foods with high-quality protein.
Apart from controlling dietary protein intake for people with FSGS, they also need to adjust the amount of sodium, phosphorus, potassium, cholesterol, calorie etc in their diet. You can consult our online doctor to get more information on how to eat healthy with FSGS.