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GFR 17.8 with IgA Nephropathy: What Should I Do? This is a question asked by a patient. Here is some corresponding information. Hope it can help the patients with similar experience.
Five Stages of IgA Nephropathy
GFR is an indicator of kidney function. According to GFR, IgA Nephropathy is classified to five stages.
In the first stage, GFR is more than 90. In the second stage, GFR is between 60 and 89. In the third stage, GFR ranges from 30 to 59. In the fourth stage, GFR ranges from 16 to 29. And in the end stage, GFR is below 15.
From the above, we can see that GFR 17.8 means you are in the stage 4 IgA Nephropathy. If it is left uncontrolled, your illness will develop to the end stage, in which you have to do dialysis or wait for a kidney transplant. Therefore, you should try to retain your remaining kidney function and improve GFR.
Ways to improve GFR
An unhealthy diet can increase the burden on kidneys and worsen kidney disease. While a healthy diet can provide the essential nutrient for your body and alleviate state of illness.
Low-sodium diet is helpful for eliminating edema and controlling high blood pressure. Proper high quality protein is necessary to maintain your body building. High vitamin diet can boost your immune system so as to fight with diseases. Low-fluid intake can also ease edema. Because your kidney can not discharge potassium, phosphorous and something others, it is better for you to avoid high potassium and phosphorus diet, such as banana, mushroom, celery, broccoli, etc.
Regular exercise can also improve your immune system and alleviate the symptoms brought about by IgA Nephropathy, such as high blood pressure, back pain, edema, etc.
Aggressive treatment plays an important role in improving GFR as well. TCM stereoscopic therapies can cleanse the IgA depositing on the kidney and repair the damaged kidney. Compared to western medicine, they have no side effects and they can balance your whole body.
GFR 17.8 is a turning point, so you had better take good care of yourself. If you would like to share your state of illness with our online doctors, we are very glad to help you.