How to Diet with Nephrotic Syndrome

Nephrotic syndrome is a condition in which your kidneys become infected, resulting in a decrease in their ability to filter your blood and urine. This can be dangerous in that it can result in high amounts of toxins in your bloodstream. People with nephrotic syndrome and other kidney conditions are often encouraged to avoid salt and other dietary chemicals. Be sure to keep some basic guidelines in mind when dieting with nephrotic syndrome, in order to achieve optimal results.

Avoid Salt

If you’ve been diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome and are interested in achieving weight loss, it’s essential that you avoid salt in your diet. Salt is dangerous for people with nephrotic syndrome not only because it can cause water retention, thereby actually increasing your weight, but can also worsen the effects of the disease. Be aware that most foods contain plenty of salt naturally. You don’t need to add any extra to your plate.

Avoid Processed Foods

Processed foods not only contain high amounts of added sodium, but also contain other chemicals that can be difficult or even dangerous to digest, thereby further damaging the nephrotic system and worsening the condition. In addition to the health risks posed by the consumption of processed foods, these items are detrimental to anyone who is trying to lose weight because they are often loaded with high amounts of fat and calories. If you must eat processed foods, try to find brands that are organic or have limited additives. These will be best for your health and for your waistline.

Stick to the Food Guide Pyramid

The best bet if you’ve been diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome and are trying to lose weight is to stick to the food guide pyramid. These guidelines recommend the consumption of 6 to 11 servings of whole grains per day, along with 2 to 3 servings of fruits, lean meats and low fat dairy products, and 3 to 4 servings of vegetables. Fats should be consumed in limited amounts. Whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and lean meats are not only low in calories, but can also improve your general health.

Work with Your Doctor

If you have been diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome and are interested in weight loss, it is important to work with your doctor, nurse or other health care provider. He or she will not only be able to tell you what foods will be good for your weight loss goals, but will also be able to offer suggestions about specific foods that may worsen your syndrome. Keep a close record of what you’re eating and your current weight, and share it with your health care team at regular intervals. This can be especially helpful in your long-term care.

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  • Davis Anderson

    I had (stage 3) Nephrotic Syndrome for years. Nothing was working. I was desperate.
    It’s gone now. I’ve also lost over 35kg. All blood work, including lipids are normal now . It took 3 years. My solution was high dose fish oil (20g/day) and 60%+ Dark chocolate (100g/day). Which made for a HIGHLY counterintuitive high fat (~50%) diet.

    my two cents