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Is It Ok to Drink Alcohol If You Have FSGS

2013-03-28 10:44

Is It Ok to Drink Alcohol If You Have FSGSIs it OK to drink alcohol if you have FSGS? It is really hard for the drinkers to quit drinking.However, if you are diagnosed with FSGS, it is a wise choice to keep moderate drinking or stop it. Alcohol may bring the following adverse impacts.

High blood pressure

High blood pressure is a significant factor in worsening renal function. Drinking alcohol may raise blood pressure further. Alcohol contains a lot of calories that can lead to weight gain--a contributing factor to high blood pressure.

Interfere with medicines

The patients with FSGS are often taking various kinds of medicines to control the condition.Alcohol may interfere with medicines to make they not to work effectively. You should consult with your doctor to find out if the alcohol can affect the medicines you are taking.

Electrolyte disorder

Kidneys can filter certain minerals from body to keep electrolyte balanced. All cells in body are dependent on levels of these electrolytes being stable. In FSGS, some patients may suffer from electrolyte balance. Drinking alcohol can worsen the condition.

Calcium loss

Bone problem is commonly seen in FSGS due to long-term use of immunosuppressive drugs and low blood calcium levels. Some studies show that heavy consumption can increase calcium loss in urine. Low blood calcium levels can worsen bone problems remarkably.


Diabetes is a significant cause of Kidney Disease.Consuming alcohol can make the liver to stop producing glucose, thus resulting in lower glucose levels in diabetics. Additionally, alcohol contains high levels of calories. These should be issues for people who are trying to control blood sugar levels.

While alcohol has so many side effects on people with FSGS, it not mean that all patients should stop drinking completely as alcohol also has some health benefits. Whether you can drink or not depends is up to your doctor.

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