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How to Lower High BUN Levels with Diet


2013-08-27 16:33

How to Lower High BUN Levels with DietBUN is short for blood urea nitrogen.It is byproduct of metabolized protein.Healthy kidneys can filter urea nitrogen from body.However, when your kidneys are not functioning well,high levels of urea nitrogen will build up in body,thus resulting in high BUN.A balanced diet plays an important role in lowering high BUN levels.

Harms of high BUN levels

As BUN rises,it can lead to a condition called uremia.The patients will experience a ton of discomforts and symptoms such as bad taste in mouth, poor appetite, nausea, and vomiting. In Dialysis, BUN level is used to measure whether a person is receiving the correct amount of dialysis.

How to lower high BUN levels with diet?

Eat a low-protein diet.As your kidneys are unable to filter wastes properly, a low-protein diet can reduce the production of urea nitrogen,thus lowering BUN levels.Vegetable protein is low-quality protein and often can produce high levels of urea nitrogen. Animal protein is a good option for people with Kidney Disease such as red meat, fish and poultry.

In different stages of kidney disease, the intake of protein should also be different.What is the recommended protein intake in your case? Consult with our medical professional now!

As high BUN level indicates reduced renal function,a well-balanced diet should be protective to kidneys.Foods high in antioxidants are recommended foods for people with kidney damage and high BUN levels. Oxidation is a normal process for energy production and many chemical reactions in the body, but excessive oxidation of fats and cholesterol creates free radicals that can damage proteins,cell membranes and genes. Foods high in antioxidants can neutralize free radicals and protect the kidney cells.Fruits and vegetable are usually high in antioxidants such as apple,cherry, cabbage, red bell peppers, etc.

In addition,the patients with kidney damage and high BUN levels often have mineral disorders such as high levels of sodium, phosphorus and potassium. If blood work results show higher levels of these minerals in body, the patients should also cut down those foods high in these minerals.

The above are some general dietary suggestions for people with high BUN levels.If you want to get an individualized diet plan,email to kidneyabc@hotmail.com .



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